OKLAHOMA CITY — Kantavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 20 points, Bradley Beal also had 20 and the Washington Wizards beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Friday night.
The Wizards trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half before rebounding to snap a two-game skid.
Lu Dort led Oklahoma City with 21 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 15. After winning four in a row, the Thunder have lost seven of eight.
The Thunder led 27-25 lead at the end of the first quarter, with Gilgeous-Alexander either scoring or assisting on 20 points.
Oklahoma City opened up a 52-44 lead late in the second quarter, but Caldwell-Pope scored seven straight points during a 12-0 run by the Wizards. Washington led 56-54 at the half.
Washington took a 76-68 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City made a late comeback attempt, but a 3-point attempt by Gilgeous-Alexander at the buzzer rimmed out.
Thunder: Gilgeous-Alexander returned from a two-game absence due to a right ankle sprain. He also had nine assists and eight rebounds. … Kenrich Williams suffered a right ankle sprain in the fourth quarter and did not return.
Wizards: Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points in 20 minutes off the bench.
Thunder: At Houston on Monday night.
Wizards: At Dallas on Saturday night.
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