Bradley Beal carries Wizards to win over Mavericks

By – The Washington Times – Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Wizards’ season has largely been frustrating to everyone involved with the team, but on Wednesday against the , carried a swagger like his team’s record was irrelevant.

The Wizards star stared down center Salah Mejri after a vicious dunk. He waved off rookie Luka Doncic’s complaints following a blocked shot. Time and time again, unleashed his signature step back that’s become a staple of his game.

Behind his 30 points, helped lift the Wizards in a 132-123 win. Washington (27-37) has now won three of its last four.

The game was also another stop in the Dirk Nowitzki retirement tour — except the star has repeatedly said he’s not sure if he’ll stop playing after this year. Nonetheless, opposing teams and fans have acted like this is the final season for Nowitzki, a 20-year veteran. Capital One Arena was no exception.

The crowd gave Nowitzki a standing ovation when he entered the game, and there was a “Thank You Dirk” displayed on the jumbotron. German Ambassador Emily Haber was even in attendance to see the 40-year-old, who received cheers every time he touched the ball.

But Nowitzki was mostly a nonfactor on the court. The Wizards erased a 13-point deficit in the first half when the former MVP was in the game and went into halftime with a 69-65 lead.

The briefly took the lead in the fourth, but it was ’s playmaking that made the difference. 

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