Washington beats the Thunder in the absence of Bradley Beal

The Washington Wizards beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in their fiefdom by 118 to 122 with the important absence of their star Bradley Beal, who could not be present after catching COVID-19.

The guard entered the protocols dictated by the NBA for the second time in the last fifteen days, although he clarified that the first time he did not test positive and that it was a precaution due to close contact.

Regarding the clash between the two, it was not resolved until the final moments when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a triple against board with 30.8 seconds remaining to break the tie at 118.

“We managed to defend them in the end and we also managed to make great plays. You could argue that we were very lucky, but we should have been, and the guys stepped up, «said manager Wes Unseld Jr.

The Wizards have gotten used to tight finishes and with yesterday’s win they improve to a 17-4 record when they reach the final 5 minutes of the game with a difference of 5 points or less on the scoreboard, according to ESPN Stats. And against the Thunder neither man was more than 4 points ahead during the entire final period.

«Your defense completely disarms you when someone hits a triple like that,» acknowledged rookie Josh Giddey.

Kyle Kuzma was the maximum exponent of the capital with 29 points; followed by Spencer Dinwiddie with 22 points and 10 assists, and the aforementioned Caldwell-Pope with 16 points.

In the visitors, its star Shai Gilgeous-Alexandre stood out with 32 points and 8 basket passes; followed by Giddey and Luguentz Dort with 18 and 17 goals respectively.

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