The Washington Wizards came into the Verizon center even more shorthanded then usual against last year’s NBA finalists. Alongside John Wall and Trevor Booker, the Wizards sat their two best players so far this season in Nene and Jordan Crawford. Not many people gave them much of a chance to win tonight, me included.
But with good defense and terrific three-point shooting (55.6%), the Wizards spent the game neck and neck with the Thunder. But after taking a five point lead with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter, it appeared a typical Washington collapse was imminent. The final two minutes featured a jumper by Ibaka, an off balance three from Durant to tie the game, and lots of Wizards broken plays and turnovers. But even after all that, the Wizards had the ball to inbound with about 12 seconds left in the game.
I don’t even want to describe the Bradley Beal score because I know I wouldn’t do it justice. The only acceptable way to appreciate it is to watch one of the many videos of it floating around the internet tomorrow. Needless to say, this was Wizards best win of the season, with only the Miami game coming close. It featured what was hopefully the first of many game winning highlight real baskets for Beal, production coming from where you least expect it (looking at you Jan Vesely!), and a great Wizards memory.
It’s because of games like this that I’m a fan of Basketball.
More in-depth analysis coming tomorrow.