WASHINGTON — — The Washington Wizards completed eighth within the Jap Convention standings and arrange a play-in matchup in opposition to the No. 7 Boston Celtics by coming again to beat the Charlotte Hornets 115-110 Sunday with Bradley Beal scoring 20 of his 25 factors within the second half.
The Hornets, who led by as many as 16 factors within the first half, closed the common season on a five-game dropping streak to drop to the tenth spot within the East and can play on the Indiana Pacers in a win-or-go-home sport within the play-in spherical.
Beal returned after lacking three consecutive video games with a strained left hamstring, and whereas he did not at all times look to be at his greatest, he was a giant a part of this win, together with two free throws to clinch it with 9.6 seconds remaining after Devonte’ Graham missed a 3-point attempt for Charlotte.
And Beal bought loads of assist, as standard, from Russell Westbrook, who heard “M-V-P!” chants whereas contributing 23 factors, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his 184th profession triple-double — three greater than Oscar Robertson’s earlier NBA file — and thirty eighth this season alone, probably the most within the league.
Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 22 factors.
Charlotte, Washington and Indiana entered the ultimate day of the common season with similar 33-38 data, basically tied for eighth place within the East. All three groups already have been assured of moving into the play-in portion of the postseason; Sunday’s outcomes decided the precise putting and preliminary opponents.
So Hornets vs. Wizards amounted to a one-game playoff for the eighth spot, as a result of each held tiebreakers over the Pacers, who beat the Toronto Raptors 125-113 Sunday.
When Beal began Sunday, he was carrying a strip of athletic tape down the again of his higher left leg that he peeled off early within the first quarter.
After starting the day second within the NBA in scoring common at 31.4 ppg — behind solely two-time MVP Stephen Curry at 31.8 — Beal opened 0 for six in opposition to Charlotte. He lastly made a shot, a 19-foot jumper with 6 1/2 minutes left within the first half, then adopted that up with a 3-pointer.
It was clear, although, that he was not near his greatest. He wasn’t in a position to transfer rapidly or freely. He picked up three fast fouls. After dribbling the ball out of bounds within the second quarter, he coated his face with each palms. He finally bought going after halftime.
The Hornets led by as many as 16 within the first quarter, which ended with the guests up 36-22, thanks largely to 7-for-11 taking pictures on 3s. Their edge at halftime was 56-52.
Beal was 2 for 11 for simply 5 factors after two quarters.
A 12-0 run by Charlotte helped it take a 90-79 lead into the fourth interval.
However Westbrook supplied eight factors as Washington responded with a 17-4 spurt to go forward 96-94 with greater than 7 1/2 minutes left, its first lead because the first quarter.
Hornets: Went 15-21 on the highway this season. … F Gordon Hayward has not performed since April 2 due to a sprained proper foot, lacking Charlotte’s final 24 regular-season video games. Cody Martin was out for the seventh straight sport with a sprained left ankle.
Wizards: Completed on a four-game house profitable streak to shut with a 19-17 file within the nation’s capital this season. … Backup PG Raul Neto sat out with a decent left hamstring. … Went into the final sport of the common season averaging 116.7 factors, third-most within the NBA.
No shock right here: Wizards coach Scott Brooks is a fan of the play-in setup, a components the NBA is making an attempt for the primary time throughout this shortened, 72-game season.
“I find it irresistible. I actually, actually find it irresistible,” Brooks stated. “Take into consideration all the joy it’s created within the final 10 days or so.”
Hornets: At Indiana on Tuesday within the East’s 9 vs. 10 play-in sport.
Wizards: At Boston on Tuesday within the East’s 7 vs. 8 play-in sport.