Bryant scores 21 points, Wizards top Thunder 97-85
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 26, 2019 10:45 AM
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) goes up for a dunk as teammate Ish Smith (14) and Oklahoma City Thunder's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, watch during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thomas Bryant had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help the Washington Wizards beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 97-85 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Rookie forward Rui Hachimura scored 19 points and Bradley Beal added 17 for Washington. The Wizards closed on a 14-2 run for their first win of the season.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 28 points and Danilo Gallinari added 18 for the Thunder. They dropped their home opener after losing their opener at Utah on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
The Wizards led 52-46 at halftime, then scored the first six points of the second half to make it 58-46. The Wizards led 78-70 at the end of the third quarter.
The Thunder held the Wizards scoreless for the first 4.5 minutes of the fourth quarter to tighten the game. Gilgeous-Alexander's mid-range jumper it at 83 with 4:26 to play.
Washington responded quickly. A three-pointer by Davis Bertans put the Wizards up by five, and a layup by Beal forced a Thunder timeout. The Thunder made just one more basket the rest of the way, and that came with 20.9 seconds remaining.
Wizards: G Jordan McRae sat out with a finger injury. He played 23 minutes in the opener against Dallas. ... Ish Smith, who had a short stint with the Thunder, started the game and finished with 4 points and 5 assists. ... Beal made 4-of-17 shots the first three quarters but 3-of-5 in the fourth.
Thunder: G/F Andre Roberson did not play, and Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said he doesn't know when he will return to action. Roberson has missed the past 1.5 years while recovering from surgery on his left patellar tendon. ... Starting shooting guard Terrance Ferguson did not take a shot for more than 1.5 games to start the season. He has scored two points this season, despite starting both games.
Wizards: At San Antonio on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Thunder: Host Golden State on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).