The Washington Wizards came into Monday night’s game at home having won eight games in a row. They will leave without that streak, however, as the San Antonio Spurs had other plans, cooling them off a bit with a 146-143 victory in overtime. The Wizards’ best run of the season wrapped up thanks in large part to the efforts of DeMar DeRozan. The former Raptors star scored 37 and had ten assists as well to lead the charge.
The Wizards had gotten 45 points from Bradley Beal, but they needed him to end up with 48 to force a second OT; his shot had fallen short of tying them after the first OT period. The loss means the Wizards are now 27-34, which looks bad on paper, but really is quite the feat for a team that started so poorly. They sit in tenth as things stand, a game up on the Bulls for the final play-in spot. The Spurs, meanwhile, moved to 31-29 with the ‘W,’ keeping them in the ninth spot in the Western Conference.