Bradley Beal pleased Wizards sealed win with defense
The Wizards don't have much time to pat themselves on the back for ending a four-game losing streak after coming from 16 points down to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-100 on Tuesday.
They revisit a matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena (CSN, 7 p.m. ET), their second set of back-to-backs of the season.
Just five days ago, in their previous game, the Wizards (3-7) blew a 15-point lead to Cleveland and lost 103-96 in overtime at Verizon Center as Kyrie Irving erupted for 41 points.
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"They embarrassed us in front of our own crowd," said Marcin Gortat, who had 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting and seven rebounds vs. Minnesota. "We owe them something."
Garrett Temple did a good job of defending Irving when he entered the game. But before the first half ended, after Temple exited, Irving made three three-pointers in 89 seconds.
"Cleveland came in here and took one from us in overtime. We need to get one on the road. We know it's going to be a tough game for us in the paint, and obviously the way Kyrie shot against us here, we got to keep him in check. It's a game that's very winnable for us," Temple said. "I think our schemes were right. We just have to execute them better. We got the ball out his hands a lot in the beginning of the shot clock but we have to stay consistent with it."
Irving scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to spark his team to victory.
"We just got to do a better job of playing team defense. Kyrie didn't score much in the first quarter but he got hot in the second quarter. He built on to that going into the third and fourth," said John Wall, who was mostly matched against him but only contributed nine points on 3-for-13 shooting. "We didn't do a great job, or me personally going one-on-one."
Bradley Beal was agitated after that loss, especially when Jarrett Jack drove to make a layup with the outcome decided, the Wizards conceding and the clock almost at zero to pad his stats. Beal went over to him and let his feelings be known. Getting the Cavaliers (4-7) back and their second road victory of the season would ease that tension.
"We definitely owe them. We know what they're doing, what they're capable of doing," Beal said. "It's just up to us to go out and compete and try to get a win on the road. It's not anything new. We played them twice, once in the preseason, (once) in the regular season. Now it's up to us to go out and play a lot harder and finish out games."