With just seconds left in the game, John Wall found Bradley Beal curling off a screen; Beal shook LaMarcus Aldridge to get open and knock down a three pointer –DAGGGGGGGEEEEERRRRR with just .3 seconds as the Wizards win 102-99.
Beal led the way for the Wizards with 25 points followed by Otto Porter with 19, and John Wall who chipped in with 17 points and 13 assists.
Everything was all good as the Wizards stormed out to an early 19-2 lead. But as you’d expect from a Gregg Popovich coached team, the Spurs did not panic and answered with a 21-3 run of their own to end the quarter as the Wizards’ shooting went ice cold.
Otto Porter was able to stop the cold spell scoring on back-to-back possessions as the swingman started 4-5 from the field. Kawhi Leonard gave the Wizards fits all night and went on a personal 6-0 run as the Spurs stretched their lead to 12, 51-39 late in the second quarter. The Wizards countered with an 8-0 run of their own punctuated by a nice floater from Beal in the lane. The Wizards kept hanging around and were able to cut the lead down to 4, 51-47 at halftime.
The Spurs started hot to start the second half and once again, it was Porter who ended the Wizards’ cold streak with a nice jump shot.
Gortat was struggling for most of the game and the Wizards ran a few plays for him at the start of the third quarter to get him going. Gortat was unable to capitalize and it looks like this change in philosophy could already be plaguing the big man.
The Spurs held a steady 6-8 point lead through the third quarter and were up 73-66 after three.
Not a ton of defense was played to start the money quarter as the teams began trading baskets. Porter found Wall who raced out in transition for a layup and the foul; cutting the Spurs lead to three. Bradley Beal would find a streaking Gortat for a thunderous dunk and then had a nice transition dunk of his own as the Wizards regained the lead 92-90 late in the quarter.
With the Wizards up three and under 30 seconds to play, the Spurs tried to get Danny Green open for a three. Otto Porter did a great job not letting Green shake loose but Green found Tony Parker who hit a three with 7 seconds to tie the game at 99.
The Wizards had the last shot and John Wall would find a curling Bradley Beal who knocked down the game-winning three pointer with just .3 seconds remaining as the Wizards win 102-99. Wizards front office: give the man his max deal.