When he went up for a fast-break layup, absorbed a foul from Milwaukee Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy and realized he wasn’t going to land on his feet, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal became overprotective of the sore right wrist that caused him to miss five games in recent weeks. Bracing himself with his elbow, Beal still managed to bang his wrist and was slow to get back on his feet.

He grabbed his wrist as he stepped to the foul line but coolly drained both free throws, and later added a pull-up jumper and a one-handed fadeaway to show that he not only was fine, but wasn’t going to leave the best game of his short career.

Monday night, in his second game since returning from injury, Beal proved to be the answer to the Wizards’ road woes as he came off the bench to score a season-high 28 points and lead his team to a 102-90 victory over the Bucks at Bradley Center.

“It was just a few seconds worth of pain, but you’ve got to fight through that,” Beal said. “I was able to shake it off, so I was okay.”

The Wizards (15-35) won their season-high fourth game in a row — all against teams contending for playoff spots — and snapped a four-game road losing streak. Three of those road losses came with Beal sidelined, but he helped the Wizards rally from a 10-point first quarter deficit, take the lead before halftime and never look back.

Beal scored nine points in the fourth quarter, with six coming after his hard fall, and Nene provided the finishing touches. After Bucks guard Brandon Jennings hit a three-pointer to cut Milwaukee’s deficit to 96-90 with 2 minutes 38 seconds remaining, Nene backed down Samuel Dalembert for a tough layup inside, then stole an errant pass from Dalembert to set up two John Wall free throws that put the game out of reach.

“We have a good team,” Nene said after recording his third consecutive double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. “I remember, in the beginning of the season, everybody cursed us, they say bad things about us, they call us terrible team, but I always say, they don’t know the future. We have the potential. We have the talent and we start playing together. We start recognizing each other. When you don’t know the future, you’re going to say things and you’re going to regret after that.”