The Washington Wizards beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-118. Bradley Beal scored the game-winner with a smooth layup.
The Wizards opened the game going back and forth with Dallas. At the end of the half they were down 62-64.
Beal led the Wizards in scoring with 16 points in the first half. He even turned to his son for a high-five after making a wide open three-pointer in the second quarter. Rui Hachimura followed with 14 points and 5 rebounds in the first two quarters. Seth Curry led the Mavericks with 15 first half points. He went 50% from the three-point line, making 3-of-6.
All about the footwork #WizMavs | @rui_8mura pic.twitter.com/dCZAqPQP6G— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 8, 2020
Recently acquired Shabazz Napier scored his first points as a Wizard in the first quarter from behind the three-point line. He looked very comfortable with his team and could even be seen standing up during the game to cheer his on teammates.
First bucket for Shabazz! pic.twitter.com/7vPke2njtL— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 8, 2020
Luckily for Washington, Kristaps Porzingis committed three fouls in the first half, limiting his time on the floor. He exited the game with 5 first half points.
In the second half the Wizards and the Mavericks continued to battle.
Davis Bertans, who had 16 second half points, threw down a monster dunk with a minute left in the third quarter.
DB coming in H T! pic.twitter.com/9lDeqPQFN3— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 8, 2020
With 45.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter and down 115-117, Bertans went to the basket and was fouled. He made two free throws to tie the game up 117-117.
On the next play down, Isaac Bonga had a major block on Porzingis, allowing for the Wizards to get the ball back down to their end of the floor. With 1.8 seconds left, Hardaway Jr. was fouled and missed one of his two free-throw shots which put Dallas up by one point.
With just over 1 second left in the game, the ball was in Bradley Beal’s hands and he delivered a sweet layup right down the middle of the paint. It almost looked like a sea had opened up for him and he had zero hesitation.
Bradley Beal put up 29 points and Bertans scored 20 points in the win.
Seth Curry finished with 20 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. followed with 19 points.
The Wizards will be back home on Sunday, Feb. 9, when they host the Memphis Grizzlies. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. ET.