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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.

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