Beal’s 4-point play stings Warriors in closing seconds, 110-107

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The Warriors let yet another winnable game get away Friday night, falling 110-107 to the Washington Wizards on a four-point play by Bradley Beal with just six seconds remaining at Chase Center.

In a game featuring two of the leading scorers in the NBA, Golden State held a banged up Beal in check until his game-winner, limiting him to just 20 points, over 11 under his league leading average.

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Bradley Beal drives to the basket in front of Golden State’s James Wiseman during the Wizards 110-107 win over the Warriors Friday night at Chase Center. The NBA’s leading scorer connected for a game-winning four point play with just 6.1 seconds remaining as the Warriors lost for the eighth time in their last ten games.

But not long after leaving the court wrapped in ice after experiencing back tightness, Beal went off when it mattered most, scoring six points in the final 6.1 seconds, including the game-winning three from the left corner. He also drew an ill-advised foul from Andrew Wiggins on the play to send him to the foul line, where he converted to put Washington up 108-107.

Moments later, before Golden State could even get off a shot attempt, Washington’s Deni Avdija stole the ball from Damion Lee, leading to another foul by Wiggins that sent Beal back to the line where he converted both shots for the game’s final margin.

Steph Curry had 32 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Warriors, who lost for the eighth time in their past ten games. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 23 and James Wiseman added 18 points and six boards.

Rui Hachimura led the Wizards with 22, including 13 in the first quarter. Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 14 assists and 14 rebounds for the Wizards, his seventh triple-double in his last eight games. Reserve center Robin Lopez exploited the Warriors lack of size in the middle for a season-high 20 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

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Washington’s Russell Westbrook gets a taste of smothering defense from Kent Bazemore and Draymond Green (23) during the Wizards 110-107 win over Golden State Friday night.

After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was none too pleased, commenting “Our defense was terrible,” adding “A three-point lead with under 20 seconds to go, you’ve got to close that game out. Beal made a huge shot, and then we just couldn’t convert on the next play. We got 20 games to go and we gotta pick ourselves up and come right back tomorrow night.”

Asked about the mood in the locker room after the game, James Wiseman added “Just kind of down. The energy was super low, because we should have won that game.”

The Warriors will have little time to wallow in their defeat, returning to the floor at Chase Center to take on the Houston Rockets on Saturday at 7pm.

GAME NOTES:

Stephen Curry’s five three-pointers in his last game against the Bucks surpassed the 200 mark for the season, making him the only player in NBA history to record eight seasons of 200-plus threes.

Curry’s fifth-straight 30-point game tied his career high set in 2016.

Westbrook’s triple-double was the 167th of his career, 14 shy of Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson’s NBA-record of 181.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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