Washington pulled off the 149-146 victory over the Suns behind Bradley Beal and Thomas Bryant.
The Wizards and Suns battled hard until the end to determine a winner in Saturday’s matchup, and several players put up some historic individual numbers after three overtimes.
Washington pulled off the 149-146 victory behind Bradley Beal, who recorded his first career triple-double (40 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists), and Thomas Bryant, who was perfect in 14-14 shooting from the field.
“It’s tiring, but it’s fun,” Beal told reporters. “You always embrace those type of games, competitive games down to the wire. It was definitely a gut check for us. We have John down and a lot of guys out. We added five new guys? You look at our second group. It was like a group of new guys out there.
“So it was good for us to be able to adjust on the fly. It was just about effort, playing hard and doing it together.”
The Wizards improved to 13-20 on the season, while the Suns fell to 8-25.
Here are seven crazy facts from the historic game (via ESPN):
—The Wizards and Suns combined for 295 points, which were the most in a game since April 6, 2008. The Denver Nuggets and Seattle SuperSonics were the last to do it with 298 points in two overtimes.
—Phoenix is the first team to score 145 points in a game and lose since the Nuggets-Sonics game more than 10 years ago. The Nuggets fell 151-147 in that 2008 game.
—Beal became the seventh player in NBA history and fourth in the past 35 years to have 40 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists in a game. Oscar Robertson is the only player to accomplish the feat more than once, as he did it four times in his career.
—Beal scored 40 points for Washington for the eighth time against the Suns, which matched Michael Jordan for sixth-most in franchise history.
—Beal became the second Wizards player to record a 40-point triple-double. He joined Chris Weber, who went 40/10/10 in 1995.
—Bryant became the fifth player to shoot 14-for-14 or better from the field in a game in NBA history. He’s the first to do it since Gary Payton in 1995.
—Additionally, all of Bryant’s 14 field goals came in the restricted area. ESPN noted the only player with more makes without a miss in the restricted area in the past 20 seasons is Shaquille O’Neal, who went 15-for-15 on Feb. 27, 2009.