Bradley Beal addressed a tweet from ESPN’s Jay Williams on Thursday morning after his Washington Wizards lost a 159-158 high-octane duel with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
James Harden poured in a season-high 59 points while Beal himself had 46 of his own, but all Williams could marvel about was how the Rockets managed to give up 158 points to a team expected to land in the Eastern Conference cellar.
Beal, who inked a two-year extension with the team prior to the regular season, replied matter of factly:
Because we can hoop! https://t.co/T4sqpNSD6g
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) October 31, 2019
The Rockets, even if they are considered championship contenders, are by no means a finished product — and therefore have many kinks to fix before they’re ready to claim a stake in the NBA Finals, let alone a title.
Beal shot the ball formidably and efficiently, burying 14 of his 20 field goals and going a crisp 11-of-12 from the foul line en route to his team-high 46 points, coupled with six rebounds, eight assists, and three steals.
The Wizards shot a sparkling 62.6% from the field and led most of the second half until an Eric Gordon 3-pointer inside the last minute of regulation swung the pendulum the Rockets’ way.
Late-game turnovers and fouls plagued the Wizards, who otherwise could have walked away with a win, showing the Rockets they can indeed hoop with the best of them.