Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal said coach Randy Wittman "said words that I can't even think about" after Wednesday's 103-101 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Wittman appeared frustrated in the final moments of the loss, as he started to walk off the court before the final buzzer had sounded. Wizards forward Rasual Butler heaved a halfcourt shot that banged off the top of the backboard just before Wittman reached the baseline opposite Washington's bench.
Pacers guard George Hill hit a driving layup with 2.7 seconds remaining to give Indiana the lead, leaving the Wizards with little time to get a shot off.
"We didn't see him walk off, but he was furious after the game last night, man," Beal said. "He said words that I can't even think about it in my head, or think about saying [anymore]. But this is a stepping stone for us. We're still growing, we're still learning. We've been on this roller-coaster for the last month or two. We just gotta snap out of it. We were definitely disappointed with the loss last night. We definitely should've won the game. We kind of just gave it to them, but I think we'll figure it out. I know Witt was furious. Everybody was frustrated last night, but we watched film today and I think we're on the mend now. We're going to regroup and do whatever it takes to start winning."
The loss dropped the Wizards to 40-32, fifth in the Eastern Conference and two games behind the Toronto Raptors for the No. 4 spot. The Raptors hold the tiebreaker over the Wizards after winning all three of their meetings this year.
Hill posted a team-high 29 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. John Wall scored a game-high 34 points along with six assists and four rebounds. Beal finished with five points in 11 minutes.
- Mike Fiammetta