“I'm always ready,” Liggins said. “When I got in, I just did what I do. That's play hard. That's my job. I just got to stay ready. Anything can happen. I just got to stay ready and keep working hard.”
Washington forward Trevor Ariza on Bradley Beal's game-winning shot — “A lot of players come in this league and don't hit shots like that ever. To get started that early, that's what we're looking for. We're expecting big things out of you. He's coming into his own early.”
Washington welcomed back Ariza and A.J. Price from injuries Monday, but the Wizards were without Nene and Jordan Crawford, their top two scorers, and Cartier Martin due to injuries. … The Wizards completed two four-point plays in Monday's game. … The Wizards are one of only two teams to defeat the Thunder and Heat, last year's NBA Finals participants. Memphis is the other. … Kevin Martin scored just eight points on 3-for-12 shooting Monday. He missed all six of his 3-point attempts. … Despite being without four players and playing just eight players major minutes, the Wizards' bench outscored the Thunder's 17-13.
By Darnell Mayberry