Bradley Beal Hits Game-Winner Over the OKC Thunder (VIDEO)
The rookie comes up big.
Washington Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal was the hero last night, as he nailed the game-winning leaner around Kendrick Perkins for the improbable win. Per the WaPo: “Bradley Beal was dragging, having logged more minutes than anyone else, and complaining during an earlier timeout that he was tired. Coach Randy Wittman saw the 19-year-old slouching and gasping but was in no position to cut him any slack with the Washington Wizards more undermanned than usual Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. ‘Coach said, ‘If you think I’m taking you out, you’re crazy,’ Beal said with a grin. So he played on, and with the game tied following a Kevin Durant-led ambush, Beal had the last play drawn up for him to create, and to learn what it feels like to be the hero. [...] On a topsy-turvy night when conventional wisdom was being challenged almost every possession and bizarre happenings were the norm, it was perhaps appropriate that the youngest and least experienced player on the court was also the calmest, most collected and most clutch. ‘I was telling him, ‘A lot of players come into this league and don’t hit shots like that – ever,’ said Trevor Ariza. ‘To get started that early, that’s what we’re looking for, we’re expecting big things out of you.’ He’s coming into his own early.’”