The Washington Wizards won their fourth straight Monday in a 102-90 road victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Wizards rookie Bradley Beal led Washington with a season-high 28 points off the bench in his second game back after a five game break (wrist). Bucks guard Monta Ellis scored a team-high 24 points in defeat.
Beal scored 16 of his 28 points in the first half, while Nene chipped in 12 and Emeka Okafor added 10. Washington's bigs would end up with double-double each, on a night in which the Wizards racked up a whopping 29 team assists.
Nene finished the night with an amazing 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Okafor finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists. John Wall committed 7 turnovers in the Wizards victory yet achieved a 14 points, 10 assists double-double of his own, as Washington out scored Milwaukee 28-19 in the fourth quarter.
Nene is on a three game double-double streak and a two game 20-10 streak (13 points, 10 rebounds vs NYK, 20 points, 11 rebounds vs BKN). Beal won Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors in December and January, and looks to be on pace to contend for February. He'll suit up for "Team Chuck" Friday in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (9:00 p.m. ET on TNT). Wizards Assistant Coach Sam Cassell will also suit up during the All-Star break, as he plays for "Team Harden" in the Shooting Stars event (Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT).
The Wizards will challenge the Detroit Pistons tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET (CSN) in their final game before the break. Washington is 15-35 and would need to lose no more than six of their last 32 games to compete for a Playoffs spot.