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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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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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