Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
When you look back at the box score from tonight’s game and see all of the Wizards players in double figures it just doesn’t seem like they could have lost this game. That would have been the case had Shai-Gilgeous Alexander didn’t have other ideas for the ending of this game.
Not only did Gilgeous Alexander have a career-high tying 42 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation.
“Those are shots I’m comfortable shooting,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “I found a sweet spot, and really just take what they give me.”
After he made what proved to be the winning shot, he wagged his finger to his teammates as he walked to the bench.
“We’ve got to get one more stop,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “Just one more stop, and the game will be over, and we got it.”
“We played as tight as we could in the those final seconds,” said Wizards Head Coach Wes Unseld Jr. “Shai made quite a few shots tonight that were contested, but quite a few were not.”
Washington started this game extremely hot from long distance left by Kristaps Porzingis and 27 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards.
Bradley Beal, who has saved the Wizards more times then we can count, just could not find a way to get open in the final seconds of the game. It was his jumper with 6.1 seconds remaining gave the Wizards a 120-118 lead. Beal would finish with 25 points. Beal returned after missing five games, three while in the league’s health and safety protocols and two for rest.
The Thunder improve to 7-8 on the season, while the Wizards fall to 8-7.