Thomas Bryant’s career-high in assists helps Wizards beat Spurs, 138-132

Thomas Bryant looks to pass against the Spurs on Wednesday night. (Geoff Burke | USA Today Sports)

By BILLY HEYEN

Thomas Bryant handed out a career-high six assists Wednesday night as the Washington Wizards beat the San Antonio Spurs, 138-132. Bryant added 11 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

Bryant was called for a charge on the game’s first possession, but nailed a 2-point jumper for his first basket two minutes later. Then came the passing.

An assist to Isaiah Thomas for 3. A dime to Bradley Beal for a slam. Another assist to Troy Brown Jr. for another 3.

Before Bryant sat for the first time, he assisted to Jordan McRae for a 2-point jumper and already was one off his career-high total of five dimes.

He nailed a 3-pointer upon his re-entry to the game in the second quarter and headed to the half with Washington trailing by six.

A Bryant stepback 2 a minute and a half after the break brought the game within two points. Two minutes later, he assisted for a Beal layup to bring the deficit back within eight. A Bryant layup brought it within one, and by the time Bryant dunked later in the third quarter, Washington was ahead by four.

Bryant’s career-best assist number came late in the third quarter when he set Beal up for a long 2-point jumper. The center didn’t play the last 15 minutes of the game, and San Antonio remained close, but as it turned out, Bryant’s passing had done enough.

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