Beal, Wizards leave Vegas winners

Beal, Wizards leave Vegas winners
July 18, 2012, 10:37 pm
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When it comes to Las Vegas, the Wizards are a rarity: they leave town as winners.Washington closed out its summer league sessionwith a 3-2 record following a78-75 comeback win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. For their third straight time the Wizards finished with a winning summer league record.Trailing throughout the game and by double figures for stretches, the Wizards took advantage of a spate of Bucks' turnovers in third and eventually moved ahead 77-75on a pair of Chris Singleton free throws with 2:49 left. For the fourth time in five games, rookie Bradley Beal led the Wizards in scoring, tallying 18 points while Shelvin Mack and Shavlik Randolph each scored 11. Singleton had 10, though the Wizards forward struggled on the other end covering fellow 2011 first rounder Tobias Harris. Jan Vesely rolled his ankle driving to the basket less than two minutes into the first quarter and did not return. After an off game against the Grizzlies on Tuesday, Beal returned to his crafty offensive ways. The rookie guard scored on dribble drives, floaters in the paint with some perimeter shots mixed in,hitting 7 of 13 from the field. The 6-foot-4 Beal also finished with six rebounds and two blocks. Once again Beal looked rather comfortable running the offense if needed, setting up teammates for scoring chanceswhile finding space in the Bucks defense for his own opportunities. During the draft process so much was made of his perimeter shooting, but in Las Vegas much of his offense came off the dribble and drives toward the rim. Playing with a distributing point guard like John Wall and with heady veterans like Nene will help provide better looks. Still, very nice to see Beal can create his own chances - and do so with professional sensibilities - if needed. Maybe everyone knew it was the last game, maybe the Bucks second half turnovers led directly to scoring opportunities, but the Wizards starting five finished with only three assists. Harris, selected No. 19 last season, one slot behind Singleton, led the Bucks (1-1) with 24 points, causing the Wizards forward fits with power moves and mid-range jumpers whil yanking down 12 rebounds. Bucks 2012 first round pick John Henson scored 20 in his summer league debut.. Facing a legitimate NBA frontcourt including former VCU center Larry Sanders and doing so without Vesely for essentially theentire game, the Wizards narrowly lost the rebounding battle (35-33). With 10 rebounds, Randolph finished with his second straight double-double. Tomas Satoransky played only six minutes, finishing with two points and two assists.Washington's part of theVegas on-court experiencemay be over, but more analysis on Beal, Singleton and the othersummer league Wizards to follow.For now, let us know what you thought of the Wizards going out on a high note and their overall play...Ben Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.net, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalist.