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Bradley Beal hits the game-winner to send Wizards past Thunder (VIDEO)

Jan 7, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

The Wizards are just 5-28 on the season, but two of those five wins have come against the teams who met in the NBA Finals last June.

Washington already beat the Heat earlier this season, and thanks to Bradley Beal‘s heroics with less than a second remaining on Monday, the Wizards were able to come away with the win over the Thunder, as well.

So, how does this happen? Russell Westbrook going 4-of-17 from the field certainly doesn’t help, but the biggest issue was the Thunder letting the Wizards hang around all game long and build enough confidence to maintain down the stretch when OKC finally decided to make its run.

The Wizards held the Thunder without a field goal from the 6:13 mark of the third until Serge Ibaka‘s jumper with 7:33 to go in the game broke the spell. By that time, however, Washington was up double-digits, and OKC was forced to fight its way back the rest of the way.

The final shot by Beal was incredible, because it wasn’t your standard open look at a clean jumper or a legitimate drive to the basket. Instead, Beal was able to pump-fake his defender from 20 feet out, before leaning in with the one-handed shot that ultimately went down to seal it for the Wizards.

  1. saint1997 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    This kids confidence has really picked up as of late, right when Wall is about to return! As an NBA fan I cannot wait to see this duo play together because it looks like only good things will come from it. I do love this draft class!

  2. jhuck92 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    They don’t win many games, but when then do, it’s against upper-echelon teams. They keep teams like the Thunder and Heat in check. Good for them. Now all they have to do is make the playoffs to move forward as a franchise.

    • steamedcrabs - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      Not good for them. They need to play like they care against all teams – not just upper-echelon. I was at this game and it just showed how lazy and sloppy the Wizards are on every other night.

  3. jerdogthompson - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Welcome to first place in the West Clippers. Thanks Washington from all of us at Clipper nation.

  4. chucknorrissinspiration - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    “There’s a new sheriff in town and it ain’t Reggie Hammond”

  5. dko83 - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Thunder really wanted Beal too, remember? Don’t care either way how this game went.. Just glad Washington fans had something to cheer about for a night, they deserve it. Still think he came out one year too early.

  6. unxpexted1 - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    as a wizards fan I originally wasnt high on John Wall or Bradley Beal….but Beal seems to really be coming into his own and maybe a solid player. Might be interesting to see how these two play together wants wall comes back.

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