Morris drains clutch jumper to give Wizards win in OT


While the Wizards celebrated, Damian Lillard was seething. The officials said there was nothing they could do.

Bradley Beal continued his hot play for the Wizards, scoring 38 points during a 130-122 overtime win over the Kings on Friday night. However, the Blazers showed their never-say-die mentality while erasing the Wizards' six-point edge to force overtime.

On the Moda Center scoreboard, the final moment was replayed over and over. Even Wall admitted after the game that Morris appeared to step out. The Blazers have now won four straight games and Nurkic has a lot to do with it. "Guys were running around the locker room, beating on the lockers and throwing water around". After all, we have our own big man to be excited about in Nikola Jokic. "Especially for a game like that when you claw back and fight".

Though they gave up a large first-half lead, the Trail Blazers still looked as though they might escape with the victory up 124-123 with 6.8 seconds to play in overtime.

Allen Crabbe fouled Beal from 3-point range with 31.8 seconds left.

It turns out Morris was most definitely out of bounds before he went into his shot motion. With the crowd still protesting, Lillard missed a rushed, off-balance 3-pointer. McCollum would come from the corner on the strong side of the floor, loop to the weakside and get a flare screen from a post player. The call was missed and is not reviewable under National Basketball Association rules, ultimately giving the controversial win to the Wizards. It's built into the game's DNA that a contest officiated by people will have situations where either the rules, or judgments, are subject to unfortunate circumstances. After watching the replay, Mott said, "If it was reviewable, it would have been called out of bounds, Portland's ball".

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In Portland, the Wizards' same starting five opened the game and returned intact after halftime even while in a 21-point hole.

"We all have 82 games to play and coach, and you have to do your best each game".

The Wizards put together a 15-0 run, capped by layups from Otto Porter Jr. and Wall, to take a 112-106 lead in the fourth.

Lillard sank a 30-foot 3-point shot to give Portland a 120-117 lead with 2:16 left in the extra session.

Wall missed a wide-open shot at the foul line just before the final horn in regulation, and it was on to overtime.

Nurkic stayed on Portland's bench for a long while after his teammates had already departed to the locker room following the loss.

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Jones, who had never previously had more than two rebounds in a game, contributed a season-best seven boards to the win. It's how McCollum scored 25 of his points in the first half on 9 of 12 shooting, including 4 of 5 from three.

The Blazers had a 21-point lead, at home, vs. a Wizards team on a back to back, on the fourth game in five nights, at the end of a West Coast road trip. It was the seventh time Lillard and McCollum have each had 30-plus points.

Instead of reinserting Tyson Chandler into the starting lineup, Watson made a decision to give his veteran big man a ninth consecutive game off, and went small with rookie forward Derrick Jones Jr. "Maybe I should tell them it's a 7 o'clock game so they get ready to play", Brooks said.

The two teams were supposed to play in Minnesota on Monday.

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