Wizards Lose Heartbreaker to OKC in Dramatic FashionPosted on November 11, 2013 by Carlton Holliday Jr.
The Washington Wizards lose a heart breaker in dramatic fashion to the Thunder 106-105 as John Wall misses a game winning layup at the end of overtime.
"I thought I got fouled, but you got to play through it," Wall said. "It was an easy layup that you work on every day. Can't take it back, but it's an easy point-blank shot I should've made. I didn't do a good job of closing out the game, and we lost a tough one."
With one possession left in overtime, John Wall, misses a wide open streaking layup. As he drove to the basket in speeding John Wall fashion, he appeared to have been fouled across the arm with time expiring from overtime.
"I'll take that shot we got - John going to the basket-every time. We didn't convert it," Coach Randy Wittman said. "This one hurt, but I'm proud of them. They busted their tails and gave themselves a chance."
The Wizards let a great opportunity slip right through their hands. After three quarters of play, the Wizards were up 72-65. The Wiz then stretched their lead in the fourth quarter up to ten, as they led 92-82 with 3:26 left in regulation.
Washington appeared to be in full control of the game. After a second pair of double-technical fouls on Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, and Wizards center Nene, both were ejected late in the fourth quarter, which was the turning point in the game.
D.C. native, Kevin Durant, single handedly brought the Thunder back to win the game as he scored 33 points, including a three point shot with 13.6 left in regulation, which sent the game to overtime. Durant shot 12-23 from the field. He also had 13 rebounds and six assists. Durant put on a stellar performance.
Bradley Beal showed just why he is the real deal. Beal had a career night, scoring big buckets against one of the elite teams in the NBA. He led all players in scoring, including three time scoring champ, Kevin Durant.
Beal scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Wizards. He shot 13-23 from the field, including 6-8 from three point range. He showed just why he is a budding star in the league, trading big shots with Durant for most of the second half.For the game, the Wizards played well, outshooting a very efficient Thunder team. The Wiz shot 45.5% from the field and made twelve three pointers. The Thunder shot 44.6% from the field and made only six three pointers. Even after a good shooting night, the Wizards just couldn't pull out a win against the Thunder.
"I give Oklahoma City credit for coming back. They made shots. All we needed to do at the end of regulation was make one shot or a couple of free throws and the game would have been over," said Coach Wittman.The downfall for the Wizards was at the free-throw line. They shot 13/26, a miserable 50%. The Thunder did much better, shooting 81.8%. They made 18 of 22 shots from the line.
The Wizards were also pounded on the boards. They were out rebounded 58 to 41. Those were the two telling stats of the game. The Wiz look to bounce back Tuesday night, when they head to Dallas to face the Mavericks.