OKC Thunder: Bradley Beal's jumper lifts Wizards past Thunder
Beal made a jumper with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift Washington to a 101-99 victory.
WASHINGTON — So … about those bananas.
Seeing as how Russell Westbrook refused to say if you're allowed to “go bananas” after this latest Thunder loss, a shameful 101-99 setback to the woeful Washington Wizards, dig up all the Doles you can and dig in.
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Wizards rookie Bradley Beal, the third overall pick who the Thunder reportedly attempted to acquire in October in exchange for James Harden, delivered the dagger, hitting a 16-foot, leaning one-hander from straight away with three tenths of a second remaining Monday.
It gave the Wizards just their fifth win in 33 tries this year.
Worst of all, Washington was without its two leading scorers in guard Jordan Crawford and center Nene. Not to mention John Wall, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick, has yet to make his season debut while rehabbing a knee injury.
Oh, and you can't forget that the Wizards walked into Monday's game ranked last in scoring at 88.9 points per game.
As for how Oklahoma City ended up here — stunned for the second straight season in Washington — there simply isn't enough ink to run down the Thunder's ills from this one.
Kevin Durant tried anyway.
“We weren't disciplined. We weren't solid on defense. We went stretches without moving the ball,” he said. “You're playing against a team who's playing hard every game and got nothing to lose and you can be beat.”
Durant said something similar before the game. At the time, it had the stench of a stale cliché. By the final buzzer, however, that message would be well reinforced.
The first quarter, as it has so many times this season, foreshadowed what was to come. Despite the Wizards being without 40 percent of their offense when you include Cartier Martin's absence, Washington posted a 30-point opening period. They toyed with the Thunder's perimeter defense, taking and making shots from nearly every spot on the floor as the Thunder looked disinterested in closing out properly and putting a hand in someone's face.
The Wizards knocked down four of five 3-pointers in the first quarter and swished 10 of 18 for the game.
“We weren't making them miss shots early,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We were just hoping that they missed some 3s. We were (allowing) too many ‘dare shots.' When you give a guy a dare shot the basket becomes bigger and they make those tough shots like they did tonight.”
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