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Ranking the wildest Wizards buzzer-beaters since 2000

Ranking the wildest Wizards buzzer-beaters since 2000

On Monday night, LeBron James and the Cavaliers snatched a victory from the red-hot Wizards thanks to a miraculous fadeaway 3-pointer with three tenths of a second left in regulation to tie the game.

The Cavs would go on to win in overtime 140-135 thanks to some Game 7-like heroics from Kyrie Irving.

While the buzzer-beater did not work in the Wizards' favor, it certainly was a memorable shot.

And it got us thinking, what are the best buzzer-beaters the Wizards have been a part of since 2000?

There are some good ones to choose from.

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Honorable Mention: Cartier Martin vs. 76ers, Nov. 3, 2010

John Wall's home debut started with an elongated dance number during his player introduction and ended with a 116-115 overtime victory over the 76ers. The Wizards got to overtime because of Cartier Martin's game-tying buzzer-beater at the end of regulation.

CARTIER. CLUTCH. MARTIN.

 

10. Bradley Beal vs. Magic, Dec. 10, 2014

Not all buzzer-beaters are 3-pointers, but all buzzer-beaters are great.

Against the Magic in 2014, the Wizards had less than a second remaining on the clock and possession of the ball out of bounds. Andre Miller tossed a picture-perfect lob pass to Bradley Beal, who slammed it home at the buzzer. 

Magical.

 

9. John Wall vs. Bulls, Jan. 17, 2017

OK, this is more of a game-winner than a buzzer-beater, but the circumstances make it important.

The Wizards had won five of their last eight since beating the Bulls by ten in Chicago a few weeks prior. Rookie Denzel Valentine's antics fueled the fire inside John Wall, who responded, hitting clutch jumper with five seconds left, his first-career NBA game-winner.

The monster was awoken, and the Wizards would go on to win 11 of their next 14 games before falling to Cleveland on Monday night.

 

8. Gilbert Arenas vs. Sonics, March 27, 2007 

As you're about to find out, the 2006-07 season was a good one for Wizards' buzzer-beaters, thanks in large part to Gilbert Arenas.

While this wasn't his most outstanding game-winner, it sure was a tough shot. Also, any time we can mention the Seattle Sonics is good for the soul.

 

7. Bradley Beal vs. Spurs, Nov. 2015

The Spurs are NBA royalty, and every time Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and company are in town, the game has a playoff-like feel.

Bradley Beal and John Wall scored the final 15 points of the game for the Wizards, which included the game-winner from Beal, and an emphatic "DAGGER" call from our guy Steve Buckhantz.

 

6. Gilbert Arenas vs. Cavaliers. Game 6 of 2006 Playoffs 

Like LeBron James' shot on Monday night, this shot from Gilbert Arenas extended the game into overtime instead of ending it.

But it makes our list because Arenas was basically in Anacostia when he hoisted up the 3-pointer.

A playoff-extending buzzer-beater is always worthy of a mention.

 

5. Gilbert Arenas vs. Jazz, Jan. 15, 2007 

Gilber Arenas could do very little wrong in the winter of 2006-2007.

From Dec. 1 to March 1, Arenas scored at least 40 points six times, including a 51-point performance against the Jazz, which he capped with a mammoth dagger at the buzzer.

 

4. Gilbert Arenas vs. Bucks, Jan. 3, 2007 

The 2006-07 season was a highly entertaining one for the Wizards and their fans, thanks in large part to the "Big Three" of Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler.

Arenas' buzzer-beater against the Bucks spurred one of a great individual runs of recent memory, and it all started with him launching a deep 3-pointer and turning to walk away before the shot even hit the twin.

Hibachi.

 

3. Michael Jordan vs. Cavaliers. Jan. 30, 2002 

Michael Jordan came out of retirement (again) to join the Wizards in the early 2000's and while he did not bring a championship threepeat to Washington, D.C., he did bring excitement back to the nation's capital.

In perhaps the signature moment of his Wizards tenure, Jordan hit "The Shot, Part II," a pull-up buzzer-beater against the Cavaliers a la his Game 5 buzzer-beater against the Cavaliers in the 1989 NBA Playoffs. 

 

2. Gilbert Arenas vs. Bulls. Game 6 of 2005 Playoffs 

Gilbert Arenas hit so many big shots it is difficult to keep track of them all.

While this wasn't his best buzzer-beater, it was his most important, as it helped the Wizards close out their first playoff series victory since 1982.

It was the start of Arenas' run of clutch shots in Washington, D.C.

 

1. Paul Pierce vs. Hawks. Game 3, 2015 NBA Playoffs

Paul Pierce made a career of hitting clutch buckets, and in his first season with the Wizards, he hit the most clutch of buckets.

The Wizards and Hawks were tied on the scoreboard and in the playoff series.

With time winding down and overtime looking imminent in Game 3, "The Truth" called "Game" and hit a fade-away bank shot at the buzzer to give the Wizards the victory, and a 2-1 playoff lead.

 

Did we miss any? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest

It was a short night for Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the 2018 All-Star three-point contest on Saturday, as he was eliminated in the first round.

Wearing the Wizards' new 'The District' white alternate jersey, Beal shot a 15 and fell short of the top three spots to qualify for the second round. Suns guard Devin Booker won the contest with a 28 score in the final, beating out Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Clippers.

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Beal's was undone by a slow start. He missed all five shots on the first rack and made just one on the second. He began to heat up at the third rack, but by then couldn't recover.

Here is Beal's full round:

This was Beal's second showing in the three-point contest. He finished second back in 2014 and this year said he was motivated to avenge that loss. He should have plenty more opportunities to participate in the future if he chooses.

The NBA's All-Star Saturday night began with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie winning the skills competition. He beat Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen in the final round.

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2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition set for Los Angeles.

Here is all you need to know: TV and live stream info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

2018 NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

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Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.

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Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.

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Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.

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