Even with James Harden not playing, the Nets vs Wizards matchup was an offensive outburst. A combined 295 points were scored on Sunday as the Washington Wizards used two clutch three-point shots in the final 10 seconds of the game to steal a 149-146 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
The main headlines for Nets vs Wizards
This is the second time this season that Brooklyn has found itself on the losing side of Nets vs Wizards. Falling to 0-2 against Washington on the season, the Nets also snapped a four-game losing streak and fell to 13-9 on the season, while Washington improved to 4-12.
A surreal ending to Nets vs Wizards
- The Nets led 146-141 with under 10 seconds left but Bradley Beal nailed a three-point shot with 8.1 seconds left in the game to make it one possession.
- Garrison Mathews tipped Joe Harri’s inbound pass to Russell Westbrook, who hit a three with 4.3 seconds remaining.
- This game just says after we saw Damian Lillard hit back-to-back three-point shots with under 10 seconds left to give Portland a win over the Bulls.
Missed opportunity to win
- On the other end, Kyrie Irving found Timothe Luwawu-Carbarrot under the basket, but he missed the go-ahead layup.
- Beal sealed the game with two free throws with 0.7 seconds left.
- Needless to say, the chance to win this game doesn’t get any better than the look he had.
Video game numbers
- The Nets were led by Kevin Durant’s 37 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.
- Joe Harris added 30 points, Kyrie Irving 26 points, and Jeff Green 23 points.
- The Wizards were led by Westbrook’s 41 points and Beal’s 37 points.
- Mo Wagner added 17 points and Ish Smith added 13 points off the bench respectively.
Nets vs Wizards game analysis & commentary
The end of the game is a souring feeling because the potential go-ahead layup was one of the best looks you could get at the end of the game. In the end, neither team had any interest in playing defense. Games like these mean that the offense can’t make minor errors and Harris’ turnover was inexcusable.
“A Man’s Jam”
The quote was said right after Durant threw down a poster dunk on Davis Bertans. In a game that was filled with highlights, this dunk would have been the top highlight if Beal and Westbrook didn’t save the Wizards.
Bruce Bowen did not impress in Nets vs Wizards
Bowen started in the place of Harden, who was out with a thigh injury. Bowen finished with three points in 32 minutes and recorded a technical foul in the fourth quarter after jawing back and forth with Westbrook. Three points and a tech when you start for an All-Star like Harden? That’s not good enough.
The Nets return to action on Tuesday at home against the Clippers in a game that will be nationally televised on TNT. The Clippers are 16-6 and leading the Western Conference. The team is coming off a 129-115 win over the New York Knicks.