The Washington Wizards beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in their pavilion by a tight 118-122 with the important absence of Bradley Beal, who could not be present after testing positive for COVID-19.
The guard entered the protocols dictated by the NBA for the second time in the last 15 days, although he clarified that the first time he did not directly test positive; rather it was a tracking control due to close contact.
Regarding the match, this was not resolved until the final moments when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a triple key against the board with 30.8 seconds remaining to go, breaking 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.
“Your defense completely disarms you when someone hits a triple like that,” admitted 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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