NBC Sports Washington is back again with some overtime CLASSICS for the authentic fans out there. From triple-overtime nail-biters, to that time James Harden and Chris Paul tried to outduel the House of Guards (that didn't go well), we've got you covered.
So sit back, relax and enjoy this jam-packed slate of great Wizards basketball games coming back to your television screens next weekend.
- Saturday, April 11, 1:00 p.m.
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1 pm -- Rockets @ Wizards, November 26, 2018: Despite James Harden's 54 points and 13 assists, the Wizards won in overtime thanks to a combined 68 points from the House of Guards, John Wall and Bradley Beal.
The Houston Rockets came out firing, expanding their lead to as much as 17 points early in the first quarter. They made their first seven three-point attempts but went 11-for-41 (27 percent) the rest of the game.
Head coach Scott Brooks always talks about 'playing hard,' and this game was the epitome of that philosophy.
“There’s no coach, there’s no players that can overcome not playing hard, and the bottom line, for whatever reason, we’ve been trying to figure it out, we have to play harder," Brooks said after the victory. "By playing hard, you get a chance to win. That’s the easiest thing to do.”
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4 pm -- Raptors @ Wizards, January 13, 2019: This one was rough. Beal managed a triple-double while leading a huge comeback, but the Wiz Kids ran out of gas down the stretch and fell to Raptors in double overtime.
Once again, the Wizards started off in a massive hole. The Raptors scored the first nine points and built a 19-point lead in the first quarter. They expanded that lead to 23 in the second, too.
Beal was the reason this game got even remotely close after halftime. Beal tallied his second triple-double of the season with 43 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds. He drilled a clutch 3-pointer with 20.1 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime, then another pull-up jumper with 6.8 seconds remaining in the first overtime to tie things at 131.
At the end of the day, Kawhi Leonard was just too much for Washington to handle. He played a season-high 45 minutes, tallying 41 points and 11 rebounds.
8 pm -- Suns @ Wizards, December 22, 2018: Speaking of triple-doubles, we're throwing it back to Beal's first career trip-dub that happened to come in triple overtime (that's a lot of triples).
''I will never try to go out and get a triple-double,'' Beal said postgame. ''It's the hardest thing to do.''
This was also Kelly Oubre Jr.'s first game facing the Wizards as a member of the Phonix Suns -- a trade that leaves some Wizards' fans shaking their head to this day (me).
Not to be forgotten about in Beal's career night, was the perfect performance by Wizards center, Thomas Bryant. Bryant scored a career-high 31 points, hit all 14 of his shots and made all three of his free throws.
"To be completely honest, I had no clue I didn't miss a shot until you all told me just now," Bryant said to the media postgame. "I was just trying to help Brad out as much as I could."
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