Wizards-Thunder instant analysis

Wizards-Thunder instant analysis
January 7, 2013, 8:30 pm

Relive Bradley Beal's buzzer beater to beat the Thunder

A recap of the Washington Wizards 101-99 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder:

How it happened:

Bradley Beal had his welcome to the NBA moment. After Kevin Durant hit a three pointer to tie the game at 99, Beal spoiled the DC native’s homecoming by nailing a short runner to give the Wizards a surprising 101-99 win.

With Nene, Jordan Crawford and Cartier Martin all watching from the bench the undermanned Wizards were able to fend off a late rally by OKC.  

What it means:

Beal is coming into his own; his confidence has to be sky high after going toe-to-toe with two of the best the NBA has to offer in Durant and Russell Westbrook.  He finished the game with 22 points on 7 of 17 shooting including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.

Key stat:

The Wizards entered Monday’s game shooting only 31 percent from the three-point line but knocked down 10 of 18 (56 %) against OKC.

Important note:

In other injury related news Trevor Ariza and AJ Price returned the lineup after missing 17 and 15 games respectively.  

What’s next:

The Wizards will have a rare stretch of four days off before welcoming the Atlanta Hawks into Verizon Center on Saturday. John Wall has resumed practicing and this will give him some time to work his way into playing shape before returning to the line up.