After going 1-3 on a road trip that included games against the Suns, Nuggets, Lakers and Clippers, the Wizards needed to get back on track as they returned home to host the Magic.
Instead, they struggled to defend the 29th-ranked defense in the NBA and suffered their third consecutive defeat.
The Wizards were extremely undersized and undermanned in this game. Thomas Bryant, Moe Wagner and CJ Miles were out with injuries along with Ian Mahinmi and John Wall who've been sidelined all year.
But they still managed to make some impressive plays, so we're here to highlight the top three.
Brown throws it down
Troy Brown was relegated to the second unit before Tuesday night's game in favor of Isaac Bonga, and instead of moping on the bench, Brown came in and made some plays.
At the end of the first quarter Brown chased down an errant pass and only had Michael Carter-Williams on his tail. That's when he rose up and threw down a nice one-handed dunk in traffic.
Brown struggled with the starters but it seems like the increased opportunity he's getting as a ball-handler is getting him back on track.
Whether he's starting or coming off the bench makes no difference for young players like Brown. As long as he's being put in positions to succeed like Tuesday, he'll develop at a faster rate.
Brown drops a dime to Hachimura
Another example of Brown playing with a bit more confidence. Here he came up with a loose ball and dribbled behind his back off of Terrence Ross' foot.
He kept his composure, kept his head up and fired a beautiful one-handed pass to Rui Hachimura for an easy dunk.
Brown will likely stay with the second unit indefinitely unless Bonga proves to be a disaster, so get used to flashy plays from the second-year wing.
IT playing with one shoe on
Isaiah Thomas had perhaps the best moment of the game for the Wizards when he lost his shoe and picked it up so he could get back on defense.
Thomas then slid it back on, defended DJ Augustin decently well and drilled a three on the following play.
The Wizards suffered their third straight loss and don't look like they'll have another win in a while, but these are the types of moments fans can savor in a rebuilding year.
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