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Ezeli’s block on Beal saves the day for the Warriors (VIDEO)

Dec 9, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

The Warriors got themselves a nice win in Brooklyn over the Nets on Friday, so it would have been a shame for them to follow that up with a loss to the now 2-15 Washington Wizards.

They can thank Festus Ezeli was for the fact that they escaped Washington with a win.

There was good drama to end this one. Bradley Beal was intentionally fouled as he brought the ball up with 4.2 seconds remaining. With the Wizards down three at the time, Warriors coach Mark Jackson wanted to make sure he didn’t give his opponent the opportunity to tie it with a three-point shot.

Beal made the first free throw, then intentionally missed the second. He was somehow able to sneak in for the rebound, and appeared to have a sure layup within his sights that would have tied things up. But Festus Ezeli came over just in time to get a piece of the shot, and the Warriors were able to escape unscathed.

Golden State is overachieving so far this season, and it’s been fun to watch. The Warriors are currently sitting at fifth in the Western Conference standings with a record of 13-7, just a half-game behind the fourth-place Clippers.

  1. dirtydrew - Dec 9, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    After 20 years of bumbling incompetence, it is nice to see some quality play. Too bad the front office withheld the true extent of Andrew Bogut’s injury. But I, sure that Stern is going to get on that immediately since the ticket holders were purposefully misled about the teams talent level and the players available for the season. As opposed to one game. That would mean he doesn’t care about ALL TEAMS AND FANS.

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