Wizards stun Nets; Nuggets cut short Jazz streak

    WIZARDRY: Washington star Russell Westbrook tries to score off Brooklyn’s DeAndre Jordan and Kyrie Irving in first half action. REUTERS PHOTO

    RUSSELL Westbrook hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds remaining as the host Washington Wizards posted an unlikely 149-146 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night (Monday in Manila).

    Washington’s only lead was briefly in the second quarter before the frenetic final seconds that saw them score eight unanswered points in the final 8.1 seconds. Bradley Beal’s deep 3-pointer got the Wizards within 146-144, then Garrison Matthews intercepted a rushed inbounds pass by Joe Harris intended for Kevin Durant with 6.8 seconds left. He quickly dished to Westbrook, who sank a 3-pointer over Kyrie Irving with 4.3 seconds remaining.

    Westbrook scored 15 of his season-high 41 points in the fourth quarter as Washington snapped a four-game losing streak.

    Beal posted 22 of his 37 points in the final stanza as Washington beat the Nets in the final seconds for the second time this season after overcoming a nine-point deficit in the final 4:54.

    Durant scored 37 and Harris added a career-high 30 for the Nets, who saw a four-game winning streak stopped and played without James Harden (left thigh contusion). Irving added 26 and Jeff Green contributed a season-best 23 for Brooklyn, which shot 56.8 percent and led by 18 late in the first quarter.

    In other games, it was the Nuggets 128, Jazz 117; Sixers 119, Pacers 110; Clippers 129, Knicks 115; Raptors 115, Magic 102; and Wolves 109, Cavaliers 104.