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Despite a season-high 22 points from rookie Bradley Beal, the Wizards fell 101-91 to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at Verizon Center.

Unlike the past two games, the Wizards got off to a great start and led 12-0 out of the gates on a perfect 6-6 shooting. But, the Bucks would storm back quickly thanks to a 14-2 run and the early Wizards lead was gone.

The Wizards would keep it close for much of the game, but could never get over the hump and grab a second-half lead. The positive to take away from this one was that all five starters scored in double figures, but unlike the previous games there was not enough fire power from the second unit.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 22 points, Trevor Ariza added a season-high 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals, A.J Price had 12 points, nine assists, & six rebounds, while Emeka Okafor and Trevor Booker has 11 points apiece.

Next, the Wizards play the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.


A.J. Price
Points: 12
Assists: 9
Steals: 0

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Points: Bradley Beal - 22
Rebounds: Trevor Ariza - 8
Assists: A.J. Price - 9
Blocks: Emeka Okafor - 3
Steals: Ariza and Okafor - 3

Beal on playing aggressive:

“I just have to be conscious of it. If I shoot the ball two times in a row down the floor, it’s hard for me to shoot the third one because I feel like a ball hog. It’s the mentality they want me to have. I don’t have to shoot the ball, but I need to stay aggressive and make plays.”

On Monta Ellis:

“He’s a tough guy to guard. He can shoot the ball, he can dribble and get past you. His first step is crazy fast. You have to be ready and alert at all times. He’s a great player. I love the way he plays. He plays fast and he plays slow at the same time. There are a lot of tricks in his game. I love his aggressiveness.”

On playing together:

“We played well as a unit tonight, the first unit, which was good. Our second unit didn’t do as well as they have been doing, which you can’t expect them to do every night. It’s a total team effort. We need to play together for 48 minutes and not spurts of the game.”

On Bradley Beal:

“He (Bradley Beal) asserted himself from the beginning of the game, which was good to see. I think that early confidence he gained, he carried throughout the game.”

Wittman on game:

“We got off to a better start. Our defensive presence in the first half wasn’t there for whatever reason. They’re a different team because they really spread the floor, and like I talked about before the game, defending off the dribble was going to be huge. We got hurt in a couple instances of that. We lost our principles in the first half that we’ve really been playing with. I thought the second half was much better. We started better, but we just have too long of periods of time (without scoring). I don’t know what it was tonight. It felt like we were on 72 for an eternity. I think it had to be five minutes but it felt long. Somehow we’ve got to find a way to alleviate those things from the game, where we just struggle to score offensively.”

On shot selection:

“We kept turning down shots that led to worse shots. I tell our guys every day if you turn down an open shot in this league, the next shot you take is going to be covered, I guarantee it. I thought we did that tonight. We’ve got to keep plugging. We’ve got to keep emphasizing the positives and we’re going to get both these groups playing well together, and we haven’t done that yet.”