Bradley Beal wasn’t ready to start wearing designer suits on the sideline so early in the season and after a relatively successful week, the Washington Wizards weren’t necessarily prepared to have to start regrouping in the absence of their leading scorer.

But after a rookie season in which he tried to play through various injuries, Beal vowed that he would “stop being hard-headed” and speak up at the first sign of trouble. That proactive approach is the primary reason that the Wizards will be without Beal for at least two weeks as he deals with a stress injury in his proximal right fibula.

The Wizards delivered the news on Tuesday, as the team prepared to host the Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles Lakers.

But in their first game with Beal sharing a seat next to the coaches, the Wizards won, 116-111, and utilized the kind of team play required to have success with 20 points taken out of the lineup.

Reigning Eastern Conference player of the week John Wall provided an incredible, 360-degree highlight dunk in the first half and made a series of huge shots and free throws in the fourth quarter, when he scored 13 of his game-high 31 points — his third straight game with at least 30 points.

Wall also handed out nine assists to lead the Wizards to their fourth victory in the past five games.

“I think they wanted to come out here and really play some for him,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “Everybody feels some for Brad going through that right now. As they do for anybody that gets hurt.”

Wall’s last dish set up Nene for a layup that gave the Brazilian big man a new career high with 30 points and put the Wizards ahead by three.

“I feel like wine; get old, get better,” said Nene.

After having two rough games against Toronto and New York, Nene played with a fury as he attacked the basket for thunderous dunks and hit spot-up jumpers when left open.

“The only thing you can do, you can’t let nothing set you back. You’ve got to keep looking forward, keep trying to win games and play basketball,” Wall said before the game, when asked about Beal. “It’s definitely something you think about, a minor setback in our minds, but you’ve got to play another game. You’ve got a game tonight and a game tomorrow [against Milwaukee]. You’ve got to look forward and take care of what’s in front of you.”