WashingtonWizards.com editors selected five of this season's best moments and want you to vote for your favorite! Here they are:
#WizNets OT Thriller
The Wizards trailed the Nets for nearly the entire game, but had a chance to tie or take the lead on the last possession of regulation. John Wall drove to the lane, got to the rim, but could not convert the layup. Thankfully for the Wizards, Nene was right there to tip it back in with 1.2 seconds left, tie the score at 99, and send the game to overtime. Nene scored the final nine points of regulation. Then in OT, the game went back and forth until finally Trevor Ariza's three-pointer with 40.3 seconds left would give the Wizards the lead once and for all. The Wiz went on to win their first home game of the 2013-14 season, 112-108, behind 29 points from Bradley Beal. The first win may have been the team's best win of the year.
Beal's Game-Winner at MSG
The Wizards were searching for their first win at MSG since 2006. They had built up a double-digit lead at the half. But, the Knicks would storm back in the third quarter and take the lead heading to the fourth. That's when Bradley Beal took over. Playing in his first game in over three weeks, Beal scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including the team's final eight of the game. He hit two huge threes to keep the Wizards in it, and then had the ball in his hands with the team down one and time running out. He went one-on-one with the Knicks' Beno Udrih, blew by him and scored the game-winning layup with 6.9 seconds left. The Wizards would force Carmelo Anthony to take a tough three at the buzzer that would be off the mark, and the Wiz went on to win 102-101.
Webster's Go-Ahead Three
"How about that!," screamed Wizards play-by-play man Steve Buckhantz. Why? The Wizards were trailing the Wolves by one with under a minute left. Wall drove to the lane, dumped it to Gortat, who passed to Nene, who kicked it out to Wall, who jump-passed to Webster, who sank the go-ahead three-pointer! Then the muggin' look. Surely this was one of the best moments from one of the best games of the season. Wall tied a career-high with 16 assists in the game, Beal led the team with 25 points, as the Wizards fought back from a double-digit halftime deficit to take down the Wolves at Verizon Center.
John Wall's Three Straight 30 Point Games
Between November 22nd and November 26th, the Wizards played three times and John Wall went for over 30 points in all three. They went 2-1 in those games, getting wins over the Lakers and Knicks at home and falling on the road to the Raptors. For his efforts, he won his second career Eastern Conference Player of the Week award. It was the first time in Wall's career he had gone for 30 or more in consecutive games. Wall's sensational three game stretch included averaging 33 points per game on 61% shooting from the field. He shot 50% from beyond the arc and 87% from the free throw line. While Wall has been playing at an all-star level all year, this run of games was arguably the best of his career and inarguably one of the top Wizards' moments of the young season.
Wizards Set Franchise Record with 18 Made Three-Pointers
With the Wizards 0-3 and needing a win, the team went to Philadelphia for a matchup with the Sixers. All that happened was that the Wizards had arguably the best three point shooting night in the history of the organization, making a franchise best 18 three pointers on 33 attempts. That led to a desperately needed 116-102 victory in Philadelphia. Wall had a career high five threes on eight attempts in scoring a game high 24 points. The threes were distributed well, with Webster hitting four, Ariza and Beal three, Harrington two and Maynor one. All of those guys shot 50% or better from long distance except for Beal, who was 3/9. It felt like the Wizards' offense was unstoppable, with the Sixers' defense helpless against the Wizards' long distance assault.