Beal: "Great for us to put them away"
PHILADELPHIA -- This wasn't exactly the equivalent of Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns, when the master boxer became the puncher and the fearsome puncher transformed into a stick-and-move specialist.
It's just the fourth regular season game of an 82-game season for the Wizards, but the role reversal that took place in Wednesday night's game at Wells Fargo Center was quite a shock.
The point guard, John Wall, got everyone involved in the offense first and then went on to hit five three-pointers, a career-high. Almost like clockwork, Wall's long-range bombs stuffed runs by the Philadelphia 76ers throughout the game.
It was the Wizards' first win of the season. They play their second home game vs. the Brooklyn Nets on Friday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).
Bradley Beal, the shooting guard who has had trouble finding his stroke, had a career-high eight assists.
"He might keep piling up 3s and maybe I'll just be the point guard from now on. He was terrific. He did a great job finding guys early. I told him stay with it. Eventually, he got into the flow of the game," Beal said. "That's what's going to make us a better team. As long as he gets guys involved and he eventually gets himself involved, I love our chances."
Said Wall: "They were doubling the post off me. After a while, I just had to be able to be confident to knock them down."
Three-point shooting has long been the weakness in Wall's game. But he's put in the effort in the off-season. He shot a career-high 44.1% from the field overall last season and show glimpses of a three-point shot.
"That was amazing. We've been working on that though so it's no surprise," said Martell Webster, who made 4 of 7 threes off the bench for the Wizards. "About damn time. He's been getting up a lot of shots, and correcting a lot of form and he's got a lot of confidence."