Westbrook, Beal hit late 3s, Wizards stun Nets 149-146

Ross Houston
February 4, 2021

Second-placed Brooklyn (13-9) led by five points with only 10 seconds to play, but suffered a staggering collapse.

With the Wizards clinging to a one-point lead, the Nets took a timeout. When play resumed, Nets guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot managed to get a good look at a layup in the final two seconds, but the ball rolled off the rim. Beal added two free throws with 0.7 seconds left as the Wizards broke a four-game losing streak and improved to a still NBA-worst 4-12. We just look at ourselves in the mirror and see what we can correct as individuals and as a group - especially on the effort.

Kyrie Irving took responsibility for his actions after admitting that "he couldn't guard a stick", after allowing 149 points. "Those guys were just going right around me and I was getting frustrated a little bit, but they kept attacking - and that's what good teams to and good scorers do".

The game stayed tight through the third quarter before Westbrook and Beal combined for 37 points over the final 12 minutes to steal momentum from Brooklyn.

That's exactly what the Nets ran into on Sunday, dropping their second game to the Washington Wizards in as many tries this season.

With Washington down 146-141, Beal hit a 3-pointer with 8.1 seconds left.

Coach Brooks was pleased with Westbrook's performance. We fought. We fought hard.

Westbrook has missed six games while trying to ease his way into the season but was also out while the Wizards team was unavailable due to COVID-19.

Durant scored 37 points in the loss while Kyrie Irving had 26 for the Nets. Due to this particular game, things are looking up for the team with the worst record in the National Basketball Association, the Washington Wizards. "It's not looking great defensively for our team, giving up that many points", Durant said after Washington shot over 50 percent for the game.

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