Morning tip: Botched chances cost Wizards

Morning tip: Botched chances cost Wizards
November 17, 2013, 11:45 am
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Highlights: Cavs blow past Wizards in OT

The Wizards can make plays, which is how they shot out to a 15-point lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers. But it seems everything goes wrong when they have a chance to close out the game. 

"We got to make plays. That's what it boils down to," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said after Saturday's 103-96 overtime loss

The Wizards had several chances to win despite allowing a comeback and Kyrie Irving to score 18 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter and overtime:

  • Beal ripped the ball from Irving ahead 89-88 with 48 seconds left, and he appeared on his way to a breakaway dunk and he simply slipped, lost possession and soon trailed when Irving made two free throws after being fouled.

"That probably could have won us the game, honestly," Beal said. "I definitely slipped. I had my head down and I was just going to take it myself and I saw John (Wall) at the last minute. So I was rushing to try to get him the ball and ended up outrunning the ball and ended up slipping. It was definitely a costly play."

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  • Nene misfired on a free throw with 24 seconds left that would've given his team a 91-90 lead.

"Missed the free throw. It's 90-90. We have five more minutes (to play) so a lot of things happened," Nene said. 

  • Irving was stripped by Nene on the Cavs' final play of regulation, Garrett Temple came up with the loose ball and dribbled before calling timeout. Had he not dribbled, the Wizards would've been able to advance the ball for the inbounds to get a better shot with 1 second left. 

"I knew it was under four (seconds left)," Temple said. "I was kind of off-balance so I didn't want to travel. I had to take that dribble."