He got to the free throw line eight times and made all of the attempts. Beal also made all three of his 3-point shots.
John Wall contributed with 24 points and 7 assists in 28 minutes of playing time.
Most importantly, the Washington Wizards’ duo shut down Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, who are a top-five scoring backcourt in the league.
Wall held Lillard to 6-17 shooting, setting the tone for the entire team defensively, and Beal held McCollum to five made field goals.
Washington’s win wasn’t sealed by the play of their backcourt, however.
Their bench, which ranks last in scoring and field goal percentage, had a breakthrough performance.
Kelly Oubre scored 18 points and made three of his four tries from 3-point range. Tomas Satoransky has been in-and-out of Brooks’ rotation this season, but has received more playing time lately. He scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.
The Wizards have improved to 21-19, and while the Blazers will likely miss the playoffs this year, their group is capable of beating anyone on a nightly basis. Lillard and McCollum are regarded as one of the best duos, so the win is significant for Washington, who’s also heavily reliant on their guards.