Having gone without a field goal since John Wall's floater with 4:24 left in the game, the Wizards felt comfortable with their franchise player going to the free throw line with 3.8 seconds left and an 82-81 lead over the Toronto Raptors.
The air was sucked out of Verizon Center when he missed both of them, allowing Toronto (11-6) to have the final shot and win it on a three-pointer by Cory Joseph at the buzzer.
"We got some good looks. We just missed some shots. They came down and made some shots then I missed two big free throws that cost us the game at the end," said Wall, who along with Marcin Gortat and Ramon Sessions the only players who stuck around to talk after their fourth loss in a row.
It was one of Wall's worst performances shooting-wise. He took 25 -- seven more than his previous season-high -- and that was 16 more than Bradley Beal. Wall had just 18 points while Beal had 20 on only nine attempts.
The Wizards (6-8) shot 27 of 82 from the field, 33%.
"I just found shots I thought I could make," Wall said when asked of the high volume shooting. "Had some good looks and they just didn’t fall. But I was comfortable and confident in shooting."
Gortat wouldn't allow Wall to take the responsibility of the loss all on his shoulders. The Wizards did a lot of things wrong down the stretch to squander their 80-72 lead.
"Listen, everybody commits that (mistake). Everybody. People miss shots all the time," said Gortat, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in three games. "You can’t blame that on John. You can’t put that on him. It’s everybody. ... Plus coaches. It’s everybody’s fault. You can’t put it on one guy with two free throws."
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