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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.


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.



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. 



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.



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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How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

The Washington Wizards return to Capital One Arena to host the Detroit Pistons on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at 2 p.m. 

The Wizards are hoping to not only bounce back after suffering from a tough 140-111 loss in Toronto Friday night but also to snap their losing streak at home. Monday’s game will be the Wizards last home, before hitting the road until they return home on January 30th. 

The Wizards currently lead the series 2-1, the Wizards won both matchups against the Pistons on Nov.4 and Dec. 16. However, most recently the Wizards fell short 132-102 on Dec 26th. Will the Wizards be able to win the season series on Monday?

Take your Wizards experience to the next level and get involved in the action with NBC Sports Washington's newest Predict the Game contest.


What is this broadcast? Predict the Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 12-15 questions per quarter that will appear on-screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict the Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of each contest will be revealed throughout the game and during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

The NBC Sports Washington Plus presentation will, for the first time, feature special hosts, who will appear at various times to address Predict the Game participants and provide contest updates, information and results. The enhanced experience will contain the majority of the same video and audio (including announcers) as the primary live-game coverage, which will be available simultaneously on NBC Sports Washington.

How do I win? Fans will earn points for both answering questions (1 point) and correct predictions (1 or 2 points, depending on the question), with the top eligible scorer at the end of each game earning or splitting the $500 prize.

Each quarter will be its own contest, with an entirely new leaderboard starting from scratch, so even if fans miss out on the start of the game there will still be plenty of time to play and win. 

Fans must enter Predict the Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.


What: Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 2:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Pistons will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Pistons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


1:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

1:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

2:00 PM: Wizards vs. Pistons (LIVE)

4:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

5:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

5:30 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)


January 6: vs Boston (7 p.m.)

January 20: vs Detroit (2 p.m.)

January 26: at Atlanta (6 p.m.)

February 3: vs Golden State (7 p.m.)

February 11: vs Chicago (7 p.m.)

February 21: vs Cleveland (7 p.m.)

February 26: vs Brooklyn (7 p.m.)

March 3: at Sacramento (10 p.m.)

March 10: vs New York (7 p.m.)

March 18: at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.)

March 15: vs Phoenix (7 p.m.)

April 1: vs New Orleans (7 p.m.)

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Warriors' Stephen Curry could return from injury on March 1 vs Wizards

Warriors' Stephen Curry could return from injury on March 1 vs Wizards

According to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II, Steph Curry is aiming to return to play on March 1 when the Golden State Warriors host the Washington Wizards.

This game will be second of a four-game West coast swing, starting in Utah and hitting San Francisco, Sacramento and Portland before returning home.

Curry has been sidelined since Oct. 30 with a broken left hand. He had surgery on Nov. 1 and was ruled out at least three months.

If he does indeed return on March 1, he could play in 22 more regular season games this year. There were rumors that he would sit the entire season, but apparently Curry is focused on a return this spring, according to more from Thompson II. 

"I've been making progress," Curry said via NBC Sports Bay Area during the Warriors game vs Orlando on Saturday. "No setbacks which is definitely encouraging to get back to 100% as soon as possible."

The Wizards vs Warriors game will tipoff at 8:30 p.m. EST.