WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDVM) – The Washington Wizards lock up the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, after beating the Charlotte Hornets 115-110 in their final home game of the season. This means the Wizards will play the Boston Celtics on the road, for the second game of the NBA Playoffs Play-In Tournament, on Tuesday May 18th.
The Wizards were down by 36-22 heading into the second quarter; Bradley Beal had only played seven minutes in the 1st, shooting 0-6 to end that quarter. At that point the Hornets had exploded, going seven-of-12 from three-point range.
“They had us on the ropes early, they had us on the ropes in the middle of the game, and they had us on the ropes towards the end.” said Head Coach Scott Brooks, when asked about the parallel between their season, and this game. “But we just kept getting up and finding one another. I was just talking about brotherhood for a while now, and this group is a really cool definition of brotherhood. And I get to see it first hand.”
Bradley Beal’s exploded for 20 points in the second half, shooting eight-of-27 in the process, but also accruing four assists, and six rebounds in the process, to lead the Wizards to the win. He was out the last two games against the Hawks, and the Cavaliers, and was a game-time decision for this game.
“Going out and laying it on the line, we appreciate guys like him.” said Russell Westbrook, when asked about Bradley Beal. “Don’t take his mental – anything for granted because he wants to win, he wants to win bad. Do anything to help this team.”
Westbrook finishes the season, racking up 24 triple-doubles in 29 games, finishing with 25 points, 10 assists, and 15 rebounds on the night, against the Hornets. Robin Lopez provided a much needed spark coming off the bench, with 18 points, and six rebounds.