At least for a night, they sure did.
The loss stung Brooklyn as it highlighted a recurring issue for them since the Harden trade. In the fourth quarter, Beal had 22 points and Westbrook had 15. Leonard is averaging 25.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game in 2020-21, while George is putting up 23.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.4 dimes, and 1.2 steals per contest. He can do it every night.
Beal started the quick comeback when he dribbled from coast-to-coast up the middle of the court and drained a deep 3-pointer to cut the Nets lead to 146-144 with about 8 seconds remaining. The Wizards outscored the Nets 12-2 in clutch time.
The Nets' Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot missed what could have been the go-ahead layup with less than a second to go.
Two made free throws from Beal sealed Washington's victory. "Those guys were just going right around me, and I was getting frustrated a little bit". He now has 10 games this season with 30-plus points, tied for the most in the National Basketball Association. The Nets had won four in a row.
"This was a tough one", Durant said. The high scoring quarter led to an intense and exciting finish. "I take pride in that because I don't think that everybody does that in sports".
With the Wizards clinging to a one-point lead, the Nets took a timeout. Westbrook also was called for a technical.