Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Lets put it this way, the Washington Wizards have a very distinct way of making a game interesting in the fourth quarter, tonight was no exception, only it occurred in overtime against Dwyane Wade and company. The result a much needed 117-113 victory in the final seconds.
Bradley Beal continues to carry his team in the absence of John Wall and tonight he want pound for pound and punch by punch against Wade until the end hitting on 12 for 16 from the field for 30 points.
Wade took on his own heroics by saving a shot from out of bounds that would send the game to overtime, but it was his final shot that could not keep the game going for another five minutes.
“This Bradley Beal right here is the Bradley Beal that, from afar, that you always thought he was going to be,” said Wade, who scored 22 points. “And this time without John Wall has really helped him grow, from a leader standpoint but also as a player. He’s seeing the game differently having the ball so much,” said Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks.
“We needed the win,” Beal said. “It was just plain and simple. We were going to do whatever it took to get the win.”
Wade almost provided his own heroics, missing a game-tying jumper in the lane with 4.1 seconds remaining after converting a three-point play to force overtime.
The loss dropped Miami into eighth, a half-game behind seventh-place Milwaukee.
Don’t look now, the Wizards will face Miami again Saturday night on their home court and for sure they will be looking to avenge the loss and try and make up some ground of their own.