When these two teams met 10 days ago in D.C., the Wizards led for almost the entire night, but Portland closed the game on an 18-4 run and overcame a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Wizards, 108-105.
The Wizards were coming off a 116-69 loss Monday night at Utah, the second-largest losing margin in franchise history.
Damian Lillard tallied 29 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the loss to New Orleans.
Playing without All-Star John Wall for the sixth straight game, the Wizards came out like they did not want a repeat of the night before. Portland's Jusuf Nurkic added 15 points and nine rebounds before leaving with a leg injury in the fourth quarter.
Beal scored 19 first-half points, and the Wizards collectively had 12 steals by the break. Bradley Beal and Otto Porter combined for 50 points in the game, but it was C.J. McCollum who scored 13 of his team-high 26 points in the fourth quarter who helped fuel the comeback victory for his team.
Portland (13-10), known for being an offensive machine, has turned the tables this season. Westbrook finished with 14 assists and 13 rebounds. Beal had 42 points against Phoenix on November 21 a year ago. With Beal struggling his last few games, Washington is without a go-to scorer and now it faces a team that is among the best in the National Basketball Association at guarding the 3-point line. Beal dunked with 24 seconds left to punctuate his performance. The Trail Blazers won the season's first meeting by a count of 108-105 at Washington on November 25. Portland won the first 108-105. There are times teams can use a game like what transpired on Monday night as a wake up call, which hopefully will result in a fired up Wizards squad tonight in Portland. The team later said he had a left quad contusion. Washington swept the series last season, scoring more than 120 points in each. Visit SportsLine now to see the strong point-spread victor of Wizards-Blazers, all from the man on a 77-percent Blazers streak, and find out.
The Trail Blazers host the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
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