Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
If you are looking at the title of this article and wondering is this an All Star final score, we are right there with you. Tonight was an epic night that Wizards fans should be happy about, although it didn’t go the way they would have liked, it sure shows that this team without John Wall can hang with some of the best in the NBA… and they are going to beat the best too!
There was a feeling in the building when the Rockets had put up 73 points before halftime that this was going to be a high scoring game. Some even could be heard saying is this a tune up game for both teams or do any teams in the NBA play offense anymore?
“I didn’t know we were going to have to score about 160 points to win, but whatever it takes, it took,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “A lot of great individual performances. They played unbelievable. They didn’t miss anything. We just let down a little bit, and they made everything.”
Does anyone remember what happened in 1990, yea we really don’t remember much of that either, but we can certainly check the stats and see this game rivals the one on November 2, 1990 where the Nuggets lost to the Warriors with 158 points. Tonight, Wizards matched the record for the most points scored in an NBA regulation loss.
Bradley Beal led the way as he has so many games for the Wizards with 46 points, including hitting three throws with 8.1 seconds left to tie the score at 158.
“I hate moral victories,” said Beal. “But it’s always a good feeling knowing that when we lose, it’s always one or two things we can fix.”
By The Numbers:
Beal’s performance made it the second instance in NBA history of three different players having 55-plus points, 45-plus points and a triple-double in a single game, per Elias Sports Bureau research. In December 1961, Wilt Chamberlain had 78 points, Elgin Baylor had 63 points and Jerry West had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 151-147 win over the Philadelphia Warriors.