BRADLEY Beal and Otto Porter Jr. came up huge in the overtime period to help the Washington Wizards fend off a late-game rally from the lowly Brooklyn Nets to escape with a 114-110 victory at the Barclays Center on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
Beal led the way with 31 points, while both John Wall (23 points and 12 assists) and Porter (20 markers, 10 rebounds) finished with double-doubles to help the surging Wizards foil an upset bid from the Nets (9-44) who have lost 11 in a row.
The Wizards started out strong in leading by as much as 13 in the first half, and after the Nets came within two late in the third quarter, 74-72, Washington went on a 10-0 run to close the period strong and take a 12-point edge.
But the Nets stormed back in the fourth, even with Brook Lopez fouling out late in the period. Trailing by five with more than three minutes left in regulation, Bojan Bogdanovic capped a 9-4 run with the game-tying jumper at the 0:41 mark that eventually sent the game to extra time.
The extra period saw seven lead changes, but Porter gave Washington the edge for good with a pair of free throws at the 1:21 mark. Wall and Beal sealed the deal with their own charities as the Nets offense sputtered late. Porter and Beal combined for 11 of the Wizards’ 14 points in overtime, while the Nets only managed 10.
Bogdanovic had 21 points to lead Brooklyn, while Lopez added 20 markers.