MILWAUKEE — After missing five games with a sprained right wrist, it took rookie Bradley Beal just two games to score a season-high in points. And he did it with his right wrist taped.
“I felt good, my wrist is feeling a lot better,” Beal said. “Probably the biggest thing is I wanted is to shoot with confidence. My teammates did a great job of finding me and I was able to knock down some shots.”
Beal, who played one year at Florida before being selected by Washington with the third pick in last year’s draft,, made 10 of his 17 shots — including 4 of 5 from behind the arc.
“I just happened to be open tonight,” Beal said.
Washington has won four consecutive games and 11 of 18. The Wizards are 10-7 since John Wall returned from injury and won for only the fourth time in 25 road games this year.
Washington coach Randy Wittman said the key to the game was good ball movement that led to 29 assists.
“That tells the story for us,” Wittman said. “When we’re in the high 20s, we’re pretty good.”
Monta Ellis had 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee, and Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and nine rebounds. Leading-scorer Brandon Jennings was held to seven points, missing 14 of 17 shots.
The Bucks scored 32 points in the first quarter, but had trouble scoring the rest of the way. Milwaukee was the ninth consecutive team to score less than 100 points against the Wizards.
“We got after them,” Wittman said. “After that first quarter, I thought we did settle down with our defensive scheme and planted our feet.”
Milwaukee missed 50 of 73 shots after the first quarter.
“We had a bunch of good looks tonight and we just could not make them,” Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan said. “Anytime that you shoot only 37 percent from the field you are going to have a rough night, especially when the other team is shooting over 50 (percent).”