Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal Lights Up Minnesota Timberwolves

The Washington Wizard topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-106 on Thursday night, thanks to a scorching hot fourth quarter from Bradley Beal. The three-time All Star was the game's leading scorer with 35 points, including a clutch 17 in the final period.

Beal hit 14 of his 28 field goal attempts while adding six rebounds, five assists, and three steals while leading his team on a 12-0 run to secure the win late in the fourth quarter. It was his highest-scoring effort of the 2022-23 season. It was also his eighth 30+ point game of the season and his third in four games. For the season, the big night raised his averages to 23.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game with a career-high .613 true shooting percentage.

The win lifted the Wizard to 28-29 and ninth in the Eastern Conference. They've won four of their last five, but they don't have the look of a serious contender this year. Even if they can scratch and claw their way through the play-in tournament, the trio of Beal, Kyle Kuzma, and Kristaps Porzingis appear to have plateaued. Barring a transformative offseason, the Wizards aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

The Wizards don't play again until a February 24th matchup with the New York Knicks.

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