The Washington Wizards knocked down two three pointers in the last eight seconds of the game to stun the heavily-favored Brooklyn Nets. Wiyards star guard Bradley Beal made a three-pointer with 8.1 left to play to reduce the deficit to two points, before the Nets turned the ball over.
The Wizards capitalized on the Nets turnover as Russell Westrbook made a game-winning three-pointer for am eventual 149-146 win. "At this time, we don't have nothing to lose," Westbrook said, per ESPN. "It's win or go home."
Beal suggested he believed the game was over but then the miracle happened. "Honestly, Ish (Smith) just told me to push it and pull it," Beal said after the game. "That is all we could have done in that situation."
The Wizards stole the win from the Nets
"We had that game," Nets guard Kyrie Irving said. "It should've been ours, so we just look at ourselves in the mirror and see what we can correct as individuals and as a group -- especially on effort.
I couldn't guard a stick today. Those guys were just going right around me, and I was getting frustrated a little bit." Meanwhile, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks was happy that his team fought hard against the Nets and got rewarded for their effort.
"It was the first game all year I had a White Claw," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "I wanted to enjoy it. This is a good feeling. I wanted our players to enjoy it. We fought. We fought hard. ... We've done it all year."
Nets guard Joe Harris made the key turnover but it was just one of bunch of mistakes that Brooklyn did against the Wizards. "It doesn't come out of one play," Harris added. "But same time I mean, had I not made (the turnover), we wouldn't be sitting here talking about loss."
Nets head coach Steve Nash wasn't satisfied with his team's effort on the defensive end. "When you give up 149 points, that's one error in about 50 defensive lapses," Nash said. "So not good enough defensively, and we can look at the missed layup or the turnover for the 3 there, but we shouldn't have been in that position.
We had a big lead early, and we let them stay around a long, long time until their confidence grew. They're a desperate (group) looking for a win, and we gave them a chance and gave them life."