Wizards fall in OT to Thunder
Bradley Beal's career-high comes with an empty feeling.
He filled up the basket with a game-high 34 points and made 6 of 8 three-pointers against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night, but the Wizards (2-4) wasted the effort by losing 106-105 in overtime.
Beal made shots over Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha to put the Wizards up 96-93 until Kevin Durant's three-pointer tied it for the Thunder. Then Beal missed a chance to win it in regulation similar to last season when his one-handed runner in the lane gave the Wizards a 101-99 win vs. the Thunder at Verizon Center.
"It was almost the same shot. It was a pretty good look," Beal said. "I probably should've shot a jumper rather than try to shoot a floater. It's a learning experience for me. I'm probably going to be in that position plenty of more times in my career so it's definitely something I'm going to learn from."
After starting the season slow, Beal has heated up and returned to the form he showed in the preseason. In a 112-108 overtime win vs. the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, he tied his then-career high with 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting to lead all scorers.
Durant led his team back from a 10-point deficit with 3:19 left and finished with 33 points.
"I was having fun. Whenever you're playing against Kevin Durant and the Thunder, and a playoff team, you just have that chip on your shoulder like, 'Let's beat them,'" Beal said. "We have to be able to do this against everybody, not just them or the top-notch teams. I just felt comfortable."
They play at the Dallas Mavericks (4-3) on Tuesday (CSN+, 8:30 p.m. ET).
Beal was confounded by Detroit Pistons in the season-opener. They ran multiple players at him and he only shot 6-for-18 in that 113-102 loss.
He'll likely start to see more different looks.