Bradley Beal and John Wall were reunited on the floor in the capital of the country, Washington. Both were wearing various uniforms and without any fans to cheer their charging drives to the basket. But as always, the only thing that remained the same. Both continued to cheer and motivate each other to play their best.
37 point was scored by Beal in an engaging duel with his former teammate. On Monday night, in the Wall’s first game in Washington, the Wizards wore out the Rockets 131-119 since being exchanged to Houston. Beal said,
“Even tonight, we are pushing each other, telling each other to be better, guarding each other. It is just competitive. It is just our nature. It’s a beautiful thing. I am definitely looking forward to competing against him for the rest of my career, as crazy as that may sound.”
In December, John Wall exchanged for Russell Westbrook and a first-round pick, had season highs of 29 points and 11 contributions for the Rockets. They were missing driving scorer Eric Gordon alongside Victor Oladipo, Christian Wood, and P.J. Exhaust. Houston dropped its sixth in a row. John Wall, the first by and the large pick of 2010, missed the majority of the past two seasons with an Achilles tendon injury, which took some contentment in showing the Wizards that he hasn’t lost his skills or speed. Wall said,
“They see it. They have been seeing it all season.”
The Rockets have managed another blow Monday. In the second game with Houston, Center Ray Spalding underwent an Achilles tendon injury, and coach Stephen Silas,
“The prognosis is not good. We will see what the tests bring tomorrow, but just off the initial (diagnosis), it didn’t seem like he will be playing anytime soon.”
It was the first Wizard win and overall 152nd of Westbrook’s career. West had 16 points, 15 contributions, and 13 rebounds for his sixth triple-double of the season. However, the former MVP performance was generally insufficient, who overall shot 8-of-22, 0-of-3 from 3-point range, and airballed a 20-foot jumper. For the first time, Westbrook played on consecutive days this season. Westbrook said,
“When I’m watching, I’m learning. I don’t just sit there for kicks and giggles. I’m able to see my teammates in a different light, see different things and apply it when I get back on the floor.”
18 points on 5-of-6 3-point shooting for Washington was added by Davis Bertans, who won consecutive games for the second time this season.
Before the Wizards wore out the Rockets, Houston kept it close against the league-worst defense by Washington, who had just ten players dressed for the game. Washington finally began to pull away with an 11-2 run late in the last quarter.
John Wall went early to the seat in that run. He got back with 7:28 left in the fourth quarter and the Rockets following by 13, and Houston couldn’t draw closer than eight points to the rest of the way.