Bradley Beal scored 20 of his 28 points after halftime, and the Washington Wizards finally gave new coach Scott Brooks his first victory with the team by beating the Atlanta Hawks 95-92 on Friday night.
Beal averaged only 14 points during Washington’s 0-3 start, never getting more than 15, and Brooks said before facing Atlanta he considered that his fault for not giving his young shooting guard enough opportunities.
“He’s going to have a breakout game sooner or later,” Brooks said, nearly 2 hours before tipoff. “Hopefully it’s tonight.”
Before an announced crowd of only 14,663 — nearly 5,000 fewer people than were at Wednesday’s home opener against Toronto — an aggressive Beal made 13 of 14 free throw attempts and hit three 3-pointers. One came with about 4 minutes left and pushed the Wizards’ lead back up to 89-82 after the Hawks had pulled within two points.