September 16, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 26 Recap: Timberwolves topple Wizards, Beal leaves with injury

In case Friday night’s 120-98 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves hadn’t been frustrating enough, the Washington Wizards also lost Bradley Beal to injury late in the fourth quarter.

With just 4:25 left to play, Minnesota forward Luc Mbah collided with Beal’s left knee on a screen and Beal fell to the ground, unable to get up without assistance. Washington’s Jan Vesely and Trevor Ariza helped Beal to the locker room. The shooting guard will reportedly undergo an MRI Saturday.

By the time Beal left the game, the Wizards were well on their way to a crushing loss. John Wall recorded a game-high 26 points, but his teammates hardly shared in the wealth. Beal posted 14 points and Nene added another 13, but Washington did little to slow the Wolves’ starting five.

In turn, Minnesota’s Kevin Love posted 25 points and 11 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic added 18 points and 10 rebounds to help keep the Wizards at a distance. All told, the Wolves out-rebounded the Wizards 44-35.

Surprisingly enough, the Wolves got off to a sluggish start in the first quarter, sinking less than a third of their shot attempts. But, they remained in control for much of the game and turned the ball over just five times on the night. They also took advantage of gifted baskets by going 31-for-38 on free throws, while Washington went 14-for-17 from the line.

Friday night’s contest marked the Wizards’ first game since Dec. 21. With the loss, Washington is still one game shy of tying last year’s total road wins. The Wizards finished the 2012-2013 season with a dismal road record of 7-34.

About Alyssa Wolice

Alyssa Wolice is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals and Wizards. As a former production assistant, she covered the Nationals, Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, D.C. United and local collegiate teams. You can follow Alyssa on Twitter @awolice.

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