February 8, 2020 / 2:42 AM / 10 days ago

Beal’s last-second layup lifts Wizards over Mavs

Bradley Beal’s layup with 0.2 seconds left lifted the Washington Wizards to a 119-118 win over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Feb 7, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dunks during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Beal took the inbounds pass from Troy Brown Jr. near the foul line with 1.8 seconds left and drove for the layup. The Mavericks’ alley-oop attempt at the buzzer failed.

Dorian Finney-Smith’s corner 3 gave the Mavericks a 117-112 lead with 1:48 remaining, but Ish Smith’s 3 made it 117-115, and Davis Bertans tied it with two free throws with 45.3 seconds to play.

After Kristaps Porzingis’ shot was blocked by Washington’s Isaac Bonga, Beal missed and Tim Hardaway Jr. was fouled by Bonga with 1.8 seconds left. He missed the first but made the second.

Beal had 29 points for Washington, ending a streak of seven straight games with 30-plus points. Bertans added 20 points.

Seth Curry led seven Mavericks in double figures with 20 points and Hardaway finished with 19.

Porzingis, who suffered a broken nose in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, played but was limited to 21 minutes due to foul trouble, and finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Luka Doncic (sprained right ankle) of the Mavericks missed his fifth straight game and Washington was without Thomas Bryant (right foot soreness).

Shabazz Napier, acquired by Washington in a trade with the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, scored 14 points in his Wizards debut.

Dallas led by eight after Willie Cauley-Stein’s dunk with 5:16 left in the third quarter, but Napier’s 3-pointer at the buzzer pulled Washington within 93-92 entering the fourth.

Curry’s 3-pointer put Dallas up 109-107 at the 5:45 mark and Jalen Brunson’s layup pushed the lead to 111-107.

Washington trailed by seven points in the first quarter but tied the score at 33 on Rui Hachimura’s jumper with 10:28 left in the first half.

Dallas went back up by as many as five but settled for a 64-62 halftime lead.

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