WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards have not been good at exacting revenge this season. Another opportunity comes Saturday when the plucky Brooklyn Nets arrive.
The Wizards (24-18) opened their back-to-back set at home Friday with a 125-119 victory over the Orlando Magic behind 30 points apiece from John Wall and Bradley Beal The victory ended a two-game skid and came against one of those teams with losing records that have bedeviled the Eastern Conference contenders this season.
Washington is an anemic 12-10 against teams below .500 this season. Two of those losses came at Brooklyn last month. In the rematch, the Wizards trailed by as many as 40 points before falling 119-84 on Dec. 23.
Based on their latest performance, scoring should not be an issue. Washington shot 56.8 percent from the field and scored a season-high 74 points in the paint against Orlando. Defensive struggles popped up during the opening three quarters before holding the Magic to 6-for-22 shooting in the final period.
"I looked at the score. I said we really have (98 points) each after the third quarter," Beal exclaimed. "I said whoever plays defense first is going to win. That was a no-brainer." << Read more
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