OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 20 points, Bradley Beal also had 20 and the Washington Wizards beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Friday night.
The Wizards led by as many as 10 points in the second half and fended off a late scare by the Thunder to snap a two-game skid.
“Lucky,” Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “We got enough stops late in the fourth to come away with it, but there was a lot of coverage confusion during that stretch, … We’ve got to be better.”
Lu Dort led Oklahoma City with 21 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 15. After winning four in a row, the Thunder have lost seven of eight.
The Thunder led 27-25 at the end of the first quarter, with Gilgeous-Alexander either scoring or assisting on 20 points.
Oklahoma City opened up a 52-44 lead late in the second quarter, but Caldwell-Pope scored seven straight points during a 12-0 run by the Wizards. Washington led 56-54 at the half.
“I tried tonight to just stay in the flow,” Caldwell-Pope said. “I tried to go straight up and down when I caught the ball, not try to set-shoot it. I kind of watched film on that and figured it out.”
Washington took a 76-68 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City made a late comeback attempt, but a 3-point attempt by Gilgeous-Alexander at the buzzer rimmed out.
“It’s tough,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “But that’s life. That’s basketball.”
Thunder: Gilgeous-Alexander returned from a two-game absence due to a right ankle sprain. He also had nine assists and eight rebounds. … Kenrich Williams suffered a right ankle sprain in the fourth quarter and did not return.
Wizards: Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points in 20 minutes off the bench.
Thunder: At Houston on Monday night.
Wizards: At Dallas on Saturday night.