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Beal scores with 0.3 seconds left to lift Wizards

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Beal scores with 0.3 seconds left to lift Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal made a jumper with 0.3 seconds left after using a pump fake to get open, and the short-handed Washington Wizards beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 Monday night.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City (26-8) with 29 points.

The Wizards (5-28), playing without their top two scorers, had lost 13 of their previous 14, but they also beat the Miami Heat earlier in the season. Beal and Martell Webster led the Washington with 22 points each.

Kevin Seraphin added 19 points, and Emeka Okafor had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Thunder missed 16 straight shots from midway through the third quarter to midway through the fourth quarter.

Durant drove through the lane for a thunderous dunk to cut Oklahoma City's deficit to 95-94 with just more than two minutes left. Martell Webster answered with a four-point play to give the Wizards a 99-94 lead.

Then, Ibaka made a jumper, and Durant made a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to tie the game at 99.

Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 20 points in Oklahoma City's last five games, but Westbrook finished with just 17 points Monday.

Serge Ibaka stepped up as Durant's complement, scoring 26 points.

Nene (right knee tendinitis) and Jordan Crawford (sore left ankle) missed the game with injuries.

Nene has played just 20 games this season while dealing with a foot problem (plantar fasciitis), but he had played in the Wizards' previous eight contests. He's averaging 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Crawford is averaging 15.6 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.

With John Wall, Trevor Booker and Cartier Martin also out, Washington had just nine players available.

Beal made a four-point play to end the third quarter, and that began an 8-0 Washington run.

The Wizards weren't completely short-handed.

Trevor Ariza, who missed the last 17 games with a left calf strain, returned. He limped noticeably after dunking in the second quarter, but he remained in the game.

A.J. Price also returned Monday after missing 15 games with a broken right hand.

NOTES: The Wizards waived Shelvin Mack on Monday. In seven games, he averaged 5.3 points. . Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he hasn't spoken with Durant about the forward's ejection during Oklahoma City's loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. ``You have to play your personality,'' Brooks said. ``You don't want to be a phony on the court, and Kevin's not. He's a nice young man that competes, competes fairly and competes the best way that he knows how to. I never complain about Kevin's passion.'' . Four years ago, the Thunder started 3-29, even worse than Randy Wittman's Wizards to open this season. ``I know how Randy feels,'' Brooks said. ``It's not easy, because you don't see a lot of sunshine. But, they have good players that work hard, and eventually it turns around. . Kevin Durant helps, also.'' . The Wizards' 30 first-quarter points matched a season high for the opening period.

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Bradley Beal gifts Langston University basketball team new Nike gear

Bradley Beal gifts Langston University basketball team new Nike gear

Bradley Beal is in the midst of the best season of his career with the Wizards, and on Thursday he took his performance off the court a step further. 

In a video posted by Langston University Men's Basketball coach Stevie Taylor, it appears the Wizards' star shooting guard gifted the entire team with brand new Nike gear for the season. 

Beal then responded on Twitter, wishing the team the best of luck with their new shoes and accessories. 

This comes after Beal and John Wall handed out a ton of turkeys to the local community ahead of Thanksgiving next week. 

Beal has already deserved his salary two times over with his play on the court this season, but his involvement in the community and his contributions to basketball programs like Langston just goes to show his development as a leader for the Wizards' organization. 

For the Wizards' sake, hopefully they can build a team around Beal and Wall that will make the former want to sign another extension in two years. 

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Derrius Guice understands why Redskins fans are frustrated, but he's looking ahead

Derrius Guice understands why Redskins fans are frustrated, but he's looking ahead

Derrius Guice is a very positive person. Unfortunately, he's playing for a team right now that's shrouded in negativity.

The Redskins have played 10 games this season, and they've walked off the field as losers in nine of those contests. They've gotten rid of their head coach, and many are wondering how many other major changes will come.

And when it comes to the fans, many — if not most — are furious with the direction of the franchise. Guice is noticing that, too.

"It just sucks when I score, or someone else scores, and our team posts a picture to Instagram or Twitter and everything under it is just, 'Fire this, fire that, we suck," Guice told JP Finlay in a 1-on-1 interview on the Redskins Talk podcast. "That doesn't help anything."

The running back understands that frustration. However, he wants those who are angry to know one thing: While this current roster is obviously responsible for the 2019 issues, they aren't responsible for the two-decade-long slump that's affected the organization.

"I'm new here," Guice said. "I understand some of these fans have been here 20-30 years, but like, there's a lot of guys on this team that are new. Y'all can't bring all that negativity to us like we've been here 20 years. I don't think that's fair to us players."

That's what makes this situation so difficult for those on the field and those who watch those on the field. Fans have been on this unsatisfying ride for far too long, yet most of the players hopped on a stop or two ago. 

So people who post those hateful comments or send those angry DMs are doing so because they've seen a handful of free agency and draft classes bust, and because they've seen numerous coaches come in and fail, and they've been lied to repeatedly about how "close" the Redskins are. They aren't necessarily trying to take it out on Guice or Dwayne Haskins or Landon Collins, it just appears that way.

Guice, for one, is trying his best to improve how he handles that side of being an athlete. He's also choosing to focus on those who've stayed on his side through what's been a trying first couple of seasons in the league.

For all the negativity he encounters, he's grateful for those who remain positive like him.

"A guy that's been there two years and has only played two real games, there's a lot of fans that have still never left my side since I got drafted," Guice said. "That's something I always have to cherish."

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