Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins shook his head as Wizards guard Bradley Beal climbed to his feet, smacking his chest with his fist as he yelled in jubilation.
Wiggins had done the worst thing he could’ve done in that situation: With 6.1 seconds left and his team up three, he fouled the NBA’s leading scorer from behind on a made 3-pointer. This was the defining mistake on a night loaded with them as the Warriors were left wrestling with a 110-107 loss to the Wizards at Chase Center.
After Beal sank the ensuing free throw to complete the four-point play and give Washington a one-point lead, Golden State guard Damion Lee drove through the key for a layup, only to kick out to an open shooter when he saw a defender in his way. The problem was that his pass fell directly into the hands of Beal, who made two more free throws to ice the game.
“You try to make the right basketball play,” Lee said. “I turned it over. I mean, that’s on me. I have to be better in those situations. I can’t cost us the game.”
This was the type of loss that could make the Warriors start to wonder whether they have some sort of curse. For much of the night, Wiggins was the best defender on the floor, making life difficult on Beal with quick rotations and sound fundamentals. But with the game on the…