September 21, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 21 Review: Beal Beats Buzzer, Magic

BEAL HITS BUZZER BEATER, WALL DROPS DOUBLE-DOUBLE

The Washington Wizards returned to the site of their first victory of the season and left with a similar result, defeating the Orlando Magic at the buzzer in Orlando, 91-89.

With 0.8 seconds left, it seemed as though the Wizards would be heading to overtime for the second straight game. That is, until head coach Randy Wittman drew up a buzzer-beating lob-pass in the huddle during a timeout.

As if it was drawn up in the dirt, Bradley Beal (9 points) rolled to the basket and looked back to Andre Miller for the pass. Miller placed the inbounds-lob-pass with precision accuracy and Beal laid it up and in before the backboard lit up in red. The Wizards stormed the floor in victory, their 15th of the season.

After leading early, Washington fell behind in the second half. The Wizards took a 45-44 lead into the half. In the third period, Orlando took control, outscoring the Wizards 31-22 in the third quarter.

To start off the final period, Washington was down 75-67.

John Wall (21 points, 11 assists) came through in the clutch for Washington, scoring eight of the team’s 24 fourth-quarter points to close the deficit. With 16 seconds left, it appeared as though it would be the Magic that would have the victory due to some last-second drama.

Guarded by Nene Hilario, Victor Oladipo put up a 22-foot jumper as the clock wound down, but it was off the mark and rebounded by Kris Humphries, setting up the Miller-to-Beal game-winner.

Next up, Washington returns to the friendly confines of the Verizon Center to face the Los Angeles Clippers (16-5). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET this coming Friday, Dec. 12.

FIVE REACTIONS

  1. Big players seem to find a way to make a play in the big moments, despite how the rest of their game went. Before his final shot, Beal was just 3 of 7 from the field, including 1 of 3 from behind the arc. While he only made four shots, the fourth and final one was the most important.
  2. Once again, John Wall showed why he is the life blood of this team. With his team down 83-79 with just over five minutes remaining, the point guard took over and scored eight of the team’s final 14 points along with one of his 11 assists.
  3. Sharing is caring, and Washington did a good job passing the basketball. They doubled the the Magic in assists, recording 26 dimes in the win.
  4. From the floor, the Wizards shot the ball very well (50.6%). Less than half of their points came in the paint (38), however, so it you can look to their 26 assists as a reason for the high shooting percentage. Since they passed the ball around for an open shot, it allowed them to shoot the ball and not waste possessions.
  5. Now a quarter of the way through the season, the Wizards lead the Southeast Division and are second in the Eastern Conference. Through the first 21 games, they are off to a good start and will be a team to watch throughout the season.
About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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