Wizards come up big vs.OKC

Wizards come up big vs.OKC
January 8, 2013, 10:00 am
Share This Post

#WizardsTalk: Beal's coming out party

On paper it was an absolute mismatch as the Thunder had the best record in the league while Washington held the worst mark and was playing without Nene, Jordan Crawford, Cartier Martin and John Wall -- but D.C. didn't lie down. In fact, the Wizards took it to the Thunder from the jump and just when it looked like OKC would pull away, the Wizards held their ground and made big plays to stay in it.

Wizards center Emeka Okafor (12 points, 12 rebounds) had a spectacular block on a driving dunk attempt by the Thunder's Kevin Durant late in the third quarter that sent a message that D.C. was going to make this a game. 

"I think our defense is what really won us the game," Wizards guard Bradley Beal said. Beal (22 points) was the hero as the rookie guard hit the game winning jumper with .3 seconds left. "We played great defense and we executed. There are a lot of things we did well tonight, we just have to do it consistently."

After a Kevin Durant swooping dunk cut the Wizards’ lead to 95-94 with 2:04 and with the here-we-go-again feeling starting to fill the Verizon Center air, Wizards forward Martell Webster's four-point play gave Washington some cushion with a 99-94 lead. Durant would tie it up with a three-pointer with just 36 seconds left but the Wizards finally closed out the game.

"It's time for us to be on the other end, to have someone step up and make a play,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "Bradley made a hell of a shot."