Bradley Beal couldn't back up his halftime boast in Game 3. With help from his teammates, Beal walked the walk defensively against Mike Dunleavy in Game 4.
The veteran forward dominated the Wizards with 35 points on Friday, including eight 3-pointers. Much of that production came against the 20-year-old Beal. That included 16 points in the first half. Walking off the court, Beal told CSN that, "I take all the blame for all the points he has, and I guarantee he won't score in the second half.”
Do the math and it's clear what took place over the final 24 minutes on Friday.
Same would apply for what happened over four quarters on Sunday in Washington's 98-89 Game 4 romp.
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Dunleavy went scoreless in the first half, attempting only two shots. The veteran forward never made a single 3-pointer, finishing 0 for 2. He ultimately scored six points in 35 minutes against energized defenders who fought through screens and pursued aggressively throughout. That included a certain second-year guard.
“I didn’t say anything for one," Beal joked on Sunday about his Game 3 halftime comments before diving into the aftermath.
"I took it pretty personal the way [Dunleavy] had  points on us last game and I guarded him the majority of the game. I definitely took that match up personally. I think, me and everybody else who guarded him did a tremendous job of not letting him get any open looks or we made it as difficult as possible on him. Yeah, he’s going to make some shots but we need to make it tough on him. We did a great job of that."
As for the attention, Dunleavy concurred there was plenty.
"Yeah, there was more of an alertness," the veteran forward said. "Look, it was tough getting shots off the other night, it's been tough all series, they've done a good job."
Add injury to insult, Dunleavy suffered a jammed left thumb in the second half that required postgame x-rays.
Only Taj Gibson, who had 32 points on Sunday, produced consistently for a Bulls team that needs multiple hot hands to score enough most games. Beal, with help from members of Washington's frontcourt, made sure Dunleavy wasn't in rhythm this time.
"We gotta give credit to the bigs who helped us out a lot, showing on the screens," said Beal, who also scored 18 points. "It was just a personal grudge that we took because he killed us last game. We wouldn’t let that happen again.”