NBA: Russell Westbrook lifts Wizards to wild 149-146 win over Nets

(REUTERS) – Russell Westbrook hit a thumbs up three-pointer with 4.3 seconds staying as the host Washington Wizards posted an improbable 149-146 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday (Jan 31) night.

Washington’s just lead was momentarily in the second quarter before the frantic last seconds that saw them beat a five-point shortfall in the last 12.3 seconds.

Bradley Beal’s three-pointer from the highest point of the key with 8.1 seconds left got Washington inside 146-144.

Washington got an opportunity to tie or get the lead when Garrison Matthews captured an inbounds pass by Joe Harris planned for Kevin Durant with 6.8 seconds left.

He immediately passed to Westbrook, who sank a three-pointer over Kyrie Irving with 4.3 seconds.

After Brooklyn utilized two breaks, the Nets couldn’t score when Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot’s point-clear lay-up moved around the edge and out with seventh-tenths of a second excess.

After authorities controlled there was still time remaining, Beal hit two free tosses for the last edge.

Westbrook scored 15 of his season-high 41 focuses in the final quarter as Washington snapped a four-game losing streak and he likewise added 10 bounce back and eight helps.

Beal added 22 of his 37 in the last refrain as Washington beat the Nets in the last seconds for the second time this season subsequent to defeating a nine-point deficiency in the last 4 minutes and 54 seconds.

Durant scored 37 and Harris added a profession high 30 for the Nets, who saw a four-game series of wins halted and played without James Harden (left thigh injury).

Irving added 26 and Jeff Green contributed a season-best 23 for Brooklyn, which shot 56.8 percent and drove by 18 late in the principal quarter.

Durant’s free tosses stretched out the lead to 141-136 with 1 moment and 18 seconds remaining yet Rui Hachimura’s three-pointer made it 141-139 with 70 seconds left.

After Harris missed a lay-up, Westbrook manufactured a 141-141 tie on a converse layup with 41.1 seconds left however after 10 seconds, Irving hit a 17-footer for a 143-141 edge.

Following a Washington break, Beal missed an open 14-footer with 26.2 seconds left and Green split two free tosses with 23.3 seconds left.

The Wizards botched an opportunity to tie when Westbrook’s three-pointer was short with 16.1 seconds to go and the ball diverted beyond the field of play off Bertans.

Irving hit two free tosses for a 146-141 lead.

Brooklyn held a 108-101 edge into the fourth after Moritz Wagner hit a three-pointer at the bell.

The Nets took a 130-121 lead on Irving’s three-pointer with 4:54 left yet Washington was inside 132-131 on Westbrook’s three-point play with 2:41 left.

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