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TORONTO — Bradley Beal is making a strong case to earn top rookie honors in the Eastern Conference for the third straight month.
The third overall pick in last June’s draft, and the East rookie of the month in December and January, Beal scored 20 or more for the 11th time.
“I feel a lot more comfortable and I have a lot more confidence as well,” Beal said. “It’s a learning process for me and it’s been like that the whole year. Now the game is slowing down for me, so I’m making easier reads. I’m starting to learn how teams are playing me and I’m just playing off of that.”
Beal missed five games between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 with a sore right wrist but has topped 20 points in four of seven games since returning.
“He’s been playing great basketball over the last two weeks,” Webster said. “The kid is balling. He has a great rhythm, let’s hope he keeps riding it.”
John Wall had 10 points and seven assists, and Emeka Okafor had eight points and 13 rebounds as the Wizards won for the 14th time in 23 games.
“He’s been that spark,” Okafor said. “When things are a little bit slow or there’s a lull, he gets it picked up.”
Raptors coach Dwane Casey called the loss “a stinker.”
“They whipped us, they outworked us,” Casey said. “Washington is an athletic team and they are playing hard. That should have gotten our attention.”
It was a rough night for Toronto’s Rudy Gay, who missed his first six field goal attempts before scoring on a driving dunk one minute into the fourth quarter. Gay shot 1 for 11 and finished with seven points, one more than his season low, set Dec 22 at Houston when he played for Memphis.
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