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Takeaways from Wizards' overtime loss to Thunder

Takeaways from Wizards' overtime loss to Thunder

The Wizards came close to making history. They had their best chance to win a game in Oklahoma City, battling back from a 16-point deficit in the first half in coach Scott Brooks' return to where he was fired in 2015. 

They lost it, however, as Russell Westbrook buried a three-pointer to force overtime where the Thunder won 126-115 on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Arena.

The Thunder (12-8) erased a seven-point deficit in the fourth and Westbrook's three-point shot was his first of the game.  

Bradley Beal (31 points) led the Wizards and the other four starters contributed. Markieff Morris (19 points), Marcin Gortat (12 points, 11 rebounds), John Wall (15 points, 15 assists) and Otto Porter (11 points, 8 rebounds) provided a balanced effort. 

Westbrook (35 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists) was held mostly in check until the sparked an 8-0 run to start the extra period and the Wizards couldn't recover. 

The Wizards (6-11) played better defensively in the second half and a three-pointer from Beal put them up 97-90 as the momentum shifted by the midpoint of the fourth quarter. But Beal made a crucial mistake late.

Needing a three-pointer to tie the score with 17 seconds left, Westbrook got free. Beal sank too deep in the paint against Westbrook who sprinted back to the arc for the open look to tie the score.

-- The Wizards ran a pick-and-roll to end regulation and Wall had a shot at the rim to win it. He got a mismatch on Jerami Grant in the paint and instead of taking a floater or trying to force the issue one step deeper to get to the rim, Wall passed it back to Morris who'd set the screen. The ball ended up in the hands of Porter who did have a clean look. 

-- When Gortat is playing one-on-one defense, he's at his best lately. His low-post battle with Steven Adams (12 points, six rebounds) solid. He bodied up the physical big man for the Thunder, didn't cede ground and mad it tough. Adams can shoot jump hooks for either block with either hand. Gortat pushed him out farther than he'd like from his sweet spot, prevented the full extension on the shot and contested. 

-- For the second game in a row, Kelly Oubre (12 points, 6 rebounds) had energy that was vital. The Wizards were able to cut the deficit by more than half as they trailed 60-63 at halftime. He made two foul shots as he was fouled on a drive.  He had a steal and finish in transition for a layup. When the Wizards surged late in the third quarter, Oubre nailed a three-pointer. He hit another one early in the fourth for a 89-86 lead. But aside from his stats, it was the ball pressure and the problems he caused the Thunder in disrupting their offense with deflections. 

-- Westbrook was held to 12-for-35 shooting. The key? The Wizards sent multiple bodies at him. They didn't overcommit by trapping him on pick-and-rolls. Instead, they played containment, gave him the three-point shot which is the weakness of his game and sealed off the paint. But Westbrook's effort plays that included battling for a rebound for a missed foul shot in overtime and the putback was the difference. 

-- Without Ian Mahinmi (right knee), Wizards won the rebounding battle 48-47 with the NBA's top rebounding team. They also were plus-two on the offensive side with 11 which is how they came back and made it a game. Wall and Beal combined to grab 11 and Morris and Porter had 15. 

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Wizards' Bradley Beal shares disapproval with Giannis Antetokounmpo's headbutt of Moe Wagner

Wizards' Bradley Beal shares disapproval with Giannis Antetokounmpo's headbutt of Moe Wagner

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo's headbutt of Wizards forward Moe Wagner led to an ejection, but also an explosion of reactions on Twitter.

Among the voices on social media was Wizards star guard Bradley Beal, who is not with the team in Orlando as he recovers from an injury.

Beal initially reacted to the moment with some choice words, saying that the move by Antetokounmpo was unacceptable. He, however, used an acronym that features words that cannot be written in this story.

Then, Beal elaborated on his feeling with some emojis that can be decoded to "angry."

Clearly, the guard was not pleased with what transpired, which is understandable. Not only did Beal watch his teammate be on the receiving end of the headbutt, but the action by Antetokounmpo is something that put both of them in danger, as any trauma to the head can be dangerous.

Beal may not be in Orlando to share with Antetokounmpo how he feels up close and personal, but NBA players have shown time and time again that they have no problem trading blows through Twitter. That means this may not be the last statement on the altercation in the bubble.

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Twitter reacts to Giannis Antetokounmpo's headbutt of Moe Wagner

Twitter reacts to Giannis Antetokounmpo's headbutt of Moe Wagner

During the Wizards matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, a tension-filled moment between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Moe Wagner escalated to the point where Antetokounmpo headbutted Wagner, leading to an ejection.

A wild moment featuring one of the biggest names in the NBA, Twitter immediately erupted, with numerous different reactions and emotions being shared through social media.

Wizards star Bradley Beal chimed in, showing dissatisfaction with what transpired.

Others felt as if Antetokounmpo may have found himself in the wrong bubble.

Many saw the move and instantly saw its similarities to other infamous headbutts in the world of sports. Zinedine Zidane's 2006 World Cup fiasco that resulted in a red card was a popular choice, as was John Starks headbutting of Reggie Miller.

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