Wizards Win Eighth Straight, On Longest Sizzling Streak Since Michael Jordan Got here Out Of Retirement To Play In D.C. – NewsOpener

With a 119-110 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, the Washington Wizards prolonged their successful streak to eight video games. It marks the longest string of victories by the franchise since Michael Jordan suited up for the crew after popping out of retirement the second time in December 2001. Wizards star guard Bradley Beal poured in 33 factors to assist Washington overcome an eight-point deficit early within the fourth quarter to topple Cleveland.

The Wizards ended the fourth quarter on a 14-5 run to push previous the Cavaliers. A Daniel Gafford dunk off an help from Russell Westbrook put Washington out in entrance for good with 1:44 left within the sport.

“It’s a blessing, however we don’t pat ourselves on the again or something like that as a result of we nonetheless obtained our work minimize out,” Beal stated after the sport. “Tonight was most likely considered one of our not-so-good nights. Granted, we duked it out and gained, however we had quite a lot of psychological lapses and defensive lapses that we shouldn’t have had tonight.”

The win streak the Wizards are on imply extra than simply tying its longest streak for the reason that Jordan days. It additionally has enormous implications on the playoff image within the East. Washington is now two video games forward of the Chicago Bulls for the tenth spot within the East, giving it the final slot within the play-in event with an opportunity of constructing the playoffs this 12 months.

“It means loads to be on this place, however wanting forward at what we’re making an attempt to perform, we nonetheless obtained quite a lot of issues to enhance on in a brief period of time,” Beal stated.

Beal’s proper because the street forward for Washington to finish the season goes to be a tricky stretch. Of the 12 video games remaining on the Wizards’ schedule, seven are on the street, and so they have three back-to-back video games as nicely. The competitors gained’t be straightforward both. Washington nonetheless has to play the Lakers, Mavericks, Bucks, Hornets, Spurs, and the Pacers and Hawks each twice. All of these groups are nonetheless preventing for playoff positioning so none of them might be straightforward. 

Contemplating how Washington’s season began, simply being on this place is a constructive for this squad. The Wizards began out the season on a five-game shedding streak, and previous to this present successful streak, they had been on one other five-game skid as nicely. It’s taken time for Beal and Westbrook to discover a stability collectively this season, particularly with all the younger gamers surrounding them. But over the course of the win streak, Beal has been averaging 32.1 factors a sport, whereas Westbrook is placing up 22.4 factors, 13.1 rebounds and 11.8 assists. 

It seems as if the Wizards are beginning the press on the proper time, and it might repay within the type of a playoff spot, one thing the crew hasn’t had for the reason that 2017-18 season.

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