Bradley Beal scored 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting and Tomas Satoransky had a bounce-back game with 19 points and seven assists as the Wizards escaped with a 117-113 overtime victory against the Heat on Tuesday night.
Washington raced out to a 27-9 lead and looked like they might bury a tired Miami team playing on the second half of a back-to-back, but it wouldn’t be as simple for the rest of the game. The Heat’s bench, led by Dwayne Wade, tied the game back up at 39-39 early in the second quarter and it was a tight affair the rest of the way.
Bradley Beal, who’s shouldered the load since Wall has been out, scored the Wizards’ last seven points in regulation, but also had two costly turnovers in the final four minutes and missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have won the game.
Washington took a four-point lead with 22 seconds left in overtime, but nearly gave it away with some sloppy execution on both ends. First, Kelly Oubre fouled Dwyane Wade on a 3-point attempt which allowed the Heat to cut it to a one-point game. Then, after the refs missed a five-second call on the Wizards’ inbound pass, Satoransky split a pair of free throws to put the Wizards up 2 with 10 seconds left. Dwayne Wade posted on up Satoransky and got a clean look in the paint, but was unable to bury the floater in the lane to tie the game.
It wasn’t pretty, but Washington snuck out with just their second overtime win of the season and snapped their three-game losing streak.
Late game execution (on both ends) remains a huge problem
Washington was inept on both ends of the floor down the stretch in both the fourth quarter and overtime periods.
Markieff Morris and Tomas Satoransky both missed free throws in the final minute of play in regulation which kept Miami’s hopes alive. Then, with the game tied at 105 and just seconds to play, Bradley Beal pounded the ball into the floor and settled for a step-back jumper at the buzzer that fell way short.
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Washington also made some defensive blunders that complicated things late in regulation. With under a 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Markieff Morris tried to close hard on Dwyane Wade at the 3-point line, which let Wade build up a full head of steam and power through Beal to get the and-one opportunity at the rim that tied the game.
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Washington’s execution on both ends of the floor down the stretch in the fourth quarter and overtime periods was substandard and they’re lucky to sneak away with the victory.
The Minute(s) Man with another All-Star performance
It was looking like Bradley Beal might get an easy night, but Washington’s late struggles led to Beal playing over 40 minutes for the second game in a row.
He was outstanding in this game, scoring a game-high 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting to go along with seven assists. He was on fire from everywhere, especially from three-point range where he connected on his first five attempts from deep and ended the night 6-of-7 from distance.
Markieff Morris keeps humming along
Morris, the unsung hero of the Wizards’ success during this stretch without John Wall had another nice game tonight with 16 points (10 in the first half) and 13 rebounds.
But more importantly, Keef was very active this evening on the defensive glass as he was grabbing all loose balls in sight and jumping to tip balls away from Miami players when he wasn’t in position to grab the rebound.
He was also outstanding when moving without the basketball tonight. On a run near the end of the second quarter where the Wizards were looking to build out their lead again, Morris found Beal who gave the ball right back to Morris on a picture-perfect give-and-go for an easy dunk.
Morris’ midrange jumper was falling tonight as well and he was getting wide-open looks making it that much easier for him to connect. Whether it’s Morris and Sato, Morris and Beal, or really, any of the Washington guards; Morris’ bread and butter over the past few weeks has been slipping the screen for a jumper or rolling hard to the baseline on a pick-and-roll resulting in wide open jumpers in the midrange.
No shot was bigger tonight than when Beal found Morris in the corner for three with just 1:06 to play and he buried it to put the Wizards up by four.
Ramon Sessions got some run tonight in his second go-round with the Wizards and made the most of it with six points including going 4-4 from the charity stripe. At the same time, he was a -17 in under 13 minutes against Miami’s deep bench.
Otto Porter (12 points) left the game midway through the fourth quarter after colliding with Dwayne Wade for a loose ball, bruising his hip. He’s listed as day-to-day.
Next up: The Wizards hit the road to face Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans at 8 p.m. on Friday.