Pregame warmup: Lengthy resume for blowing leads

Pregame warmup: Lengthy resume for blowing leads
April 2, 2014, 4:00 pm
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A comprehensive look at blown leads by the Wizards this season, mostly to losing teams, including one that they won, going into Wednesday's game vs. the Boston Celtics (CSN, 7 p.m. ET): 

Nov. 1 vs. Philadelphia 76ers: In the home opener, the Wizards led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter and stayed ahead 54-44 at halftime. They entered the fourth tied at 74, stretched it to 85-78 with 8:50 left and less than three minutes later trailed by three and never recovered. The Wizards lost 109-102.

Nov. 10 at Oklahoma City Thunder: The Wizards ended the third quarter ahead 73-65 and a dunk by Martell Webster grew that edge to its largest at 83-71 with 8:03 left in the fourth. Almost five minutes later, it was at 10 but the Wizards shot 2-for-6. The Wizards shot 55.6% in the fourth but allowed the Thunder to make 13 of 20 for 65%. They also had a lopsided edge in rebounds for the period, 13-2, forced OT and knocked off Washington 106-105. 

Nov. 16 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Leading 40-25 midway through the second quarter, Washington allowed this one to go back and forth. Cleveland cut it to five by halftime and briefly took a one-point lead, but the Wizards extended it to 69-64 entering the fourth. Bradley Beal put the Wizards up 87-82 with 3:04 left. They went 0-for-4 after that, including a missed layup from Marcin Gortat, two turnovers and Nene missed two free throws. Tied at 90, the Cavs pulled it out 103-96 in OT. 

Jan. 18 vs. Detroit Pistons: A 26-16 first quarter lead at 1:05 flipped into a 35-34 deficit in the middle of the second for the Wizards, who grew it to 10 again with a couple of three-pointers from Webster and one from John Wall. When the third quarter ended, the Wizards had squandered it, never regained it and fell 104-98. 

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Jan. 25 at Utah Jazz: The lead was 13 until the Jazz erased most of it to trail just 53-51 at the half. It was tight the rest of the way and the home team prevailed 104-101. 

Feb. 5 vs. San Antonio Spurs: The lead ballooned to 17 in the first half and was 62-48 by halftime. Then the Wizards hot 38% in the third quarter, allowed the Spurs to convert 13 of 23 for 56.5%  to cut the deficit to one entering the fourth quarter. Trevor Ariza pushed the lead back to five at 99-94 with 2:40 left to make it a two-possession game and the Wizards still faltered, going 0-for-5 to close regulation that included a missed layup by Gortat, to lose 125-118 in double OT. 

March 18 at Sacramento Kings: Took an 11-point lead in the first quarter, lost it and led 92-82 with 4:25 left. Then the Wizards finished 2-for-7 shooting and Wall missed a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left that could've sealed it. The Kings forced overtime where they won 117-111. 

March 21 at L.A. Lakers: With a 72-51 lead midway through the third quarter, the Wizards were on cruise control. When it ended, the lead was down to seven. The Wizards won 117-107 in deceiving fashion.

March 23 at Denver Nuggets: Led 25-11 and had it whittled to two by halftime. Denver would win 105-102 and Washington committed a season-high 24 turnovers -- eight by Wall. 

March 31 at Charlotte Bobcats: A 16-point halftime lead was gone at 3:29 of the fourth. The Wizards went 3-for-9 in the last five minutes of the game. Charlotte was a terror on the glass with a 19-8 edge, 11 offensive, rebounding. 100-94 was the final verdict.

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