Bradley Beal Leads Washington In Victory Over Toronto

Feb 25, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) tries to dribble around Toronto Raptors center/forward Amir Johnson (15) at the Air Canada Centre. Washington defeated Toronto 90-84. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

With the Wizards 109-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors, Washington has secured their best season since 2007-2008.

After missing five consecutive games due to a sprained ankle, Bradley Beal made his unexpected return to the Wizards lineup tonight. To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Beal, since he has sat out for a quite a long time. To my surprise, Beal looked just as good tonight, as he did prior to his ankle injury. Scoring 24 points in just 30 minutes off the bench, Beal shot 8/14 from the field, including 6 of 9 three pointers. Beal did a terrific job in getting open and running his routes, which allowed John Wall to find him multiple times on the perimeter. With Wall attacking the basket, defenses are forced to collapse, which leaves Beal wide open in the corner. It’s amazing how much confidence Bradley Beal has gained just from playing with John Wall. Hopefully, we’ll see the continuous growth of the Wall-Beal combo for years to come. In my opinion, this tandem has the potential to become the most powerful combination of guards in the league. It’s amazing to watch how well Bradley Beal and John Wall work off each other.

John Wall also continued to impress. Scoring 18 points along side 10 assists, Wall has steadily shown his growth as a floor general. Instead of forcing the issue and committing unforced turnovers, Wall did a great job in controlling the pace all while getting his teammates involved. Wall also did a great job in looking for his shot and picked his spots well tonight. Most impressively, Wall committed just one turnover.

It’s a shame that this season is already coming to an end. John Wall and Bradley Beal have given us Wizards fans a glimmer of hope for the future. Barring injury, Washington’s back court have been a match made in heaven. I honestly can’t even comment on Toronto’s side of the fence tonight, because I’m so mesmerized at how well John Wall and Bradley Beal played together.

Washington will meet the playoff bound Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center.