The Washington Wizards picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 31 assists and turning it over only 11 times, to sneak by the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-100. Washington (3-7) has won just 3 of its last 10 games.
Bradley Beal had another big game, scoring 25 points on 9-21 shooting from the field (2-3 from behind the arc) and 5-5 from the free throw line. Washington also got solid performances from Nene Hilario with 20 points and 5 rebounds, Martell Webster with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Marcin Gortat with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Kevin Love had another strong game for Minnesota in the loss, putting up 25 points on 8-17 shooting (4-10 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-9 from the free throw line. He also registered 11 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic contributed 13 points and 6 rebounds, J.J. Barea finished with 12 points and 7 assists, and Kevin Martin put up 11 points and 5 rebounds.
After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.82, the Wizards are undefeated (2-0) on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Timberwolves are 0-1 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.
Minnesota (7-5) couldn't get consecutive victories after beating Boston on Saturday.
Coming up next, the Wizards take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 4-7 on the year. The Timberwolves match up with the Los Angeles Clippers, currently 7-4 this season. The Wizards have a 0-1 record against Cleveland this season. The Timberwolves have a 0-1 record against Los Angeles this season.