This was a close game. In the end with less than one minute to go, Russell Westbrook missed a three which turned into a fastbreak layup for Brooklyn. Then Bradley Beal with 14.9 seconds to go dished a pass to Thomas Bryant for what would end up being the game-winning slam.
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Of course, the Wizards still had 14.9 seconds to play. Brooklyn, who has Kyrie Irving and “All-Wizards Fans Wish List MVP” Kevin Durant had more than enough time to win. However, Irving missed an iso three which the Nets got an offensive rebound from. And then Druant missed a midrange shot close to the buzzer that he otherwise often gets.
This game was close at the final score, but it also leaned the Wizards’ way. Washington led most of the time in this contest and even had a 12 point lead early in the second quarter. Thought Brooklyn entered halftime with the lead and had some control early on, Washington was able to come back.
On the stat sheet, Westbrook missed a triple double but still scored 24 points and dished 10 assists. That said, he shot 7-of-25 from the field.... Beal also scored 27 points but shot just 9-of-25 from the field. The hero of this game, if I had to give it to one guy, is Bryant, who scored 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting and dished 14 rebounds.
Overall, this was a very good game. After losing many early games in the fourth quarter this season, this game seemed to show that Washington may be turning things around. Instead of giving up a fourth quarter lead, though it was very close, this was a game they held on to win.
But again, this Wizards team still must be in panic mode. I’m still not turning off that red alert in my mind. Maybe that type of urgency has set in for Washington, which is a good thing.
Washington will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 6 when they continue their road trip to play the Philadelphia 76ers. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.