In a barnburner the Washington Wizards fell to the Houston Rockets 159-158. The Wizards built a double-digit lead late in the third quarter and even held a solid lead late in the fourth.
Turnovers and failing to do the little things would cost them in the end, after Beal tied the game at 158 by hitting three free throws. He had drew a shooting foul on P. J. Tucker while attempting a three.
Harden drew a foul on Isaac Bonga with 2.4 seconds left, James would split the pair. Russell Westbrook swiped at the ball as Rui Hachimura got the rebound, the rookie lost it and Houston held on for the win. Washington couldn’t call timeout because they didn’t have any left.
James Harden led all scorers with 59 points and nine assists. Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. The Rockets had six players in double figures, they put up 103 shots.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 46 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. Rui Hachimura also had 23 points as Washington had seven players score in double figures.
Below are our thoughts from Washington’s home opener.