September 30, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 61 Review: Wiz narrowly escape 35-point comeback disaster

The Washington Wizards survived two Miami Heat possessions in the final ten seconds that could have brought the Heat all the way back from a 35-point third quarter deficit. The Wizards held on, 99-97, on Friday night at the Verizon Center in Washington against a Heat team that was playing without Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, and Mario Chalmers.

The Heat could have taken the lead with 5.9 seconds left trailing 98-97, but Henry Walker’s three-pointer was in and out. Nene grabbed the rebound and threw an outlet pass to Bradley Beal, who was fouled with 1.6 seconds left. The Heat had to foul twice because it was their first two fouls in the final two minutes.

Beal made one out of two free throws. The Heat got the rebound on the miss off the second free throw and called timeout to advance the ball upcourt with 1.3 seconds left. The Heat inbounded to Michael Beasley, who took a dribble that ran the clock out before he could get a shot off.

The Wizards jumped out to a season-best first quarter score with a 40-18 lead. Their halftime score was also a season-high when they went into the locker room with a 67-39 lead.

The Wizards’ lead peaked at 83-48 on a Marcin Gortat dunk with 7:10 left in the third quarter. The Heat outscored the Wizards, 25-5, for the rest of the quarter to head into the fourth quarter trailing by only 15.

Nene led the Wizards with 20 points, while his frontcourt partner Gortat scored 14 points with 17 rebounds. Beal scored 17, while John Wall had 12 assists.

Goran Dragic scored 18 points and dished out seven assists for the Heat but left the game in the third quarter with a back injury after a hard fall. Shabazz Napier supported Dragic with 16 points.

About Derek Norin

Derek Norin is a Contributor to District Sports Page. He is also the Washington Capitals correspondent for Pro Hockey News and is a contributor to Talk the Red. Derek was a copy editor for three different student publications at Ohio State and was a founder of the newspaper, the OSU Sentinel, that would become the OSU Rubicon today. Derek has been a member of SABR, SIHR, and PFRA. Derek put together, a history of the Capitals franchise told in Youtube videos. You can follow Derek on Twitter @dereknorin.

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