'Tough one to swallow' for Wizards

'Tough one to swallow' for Wizards
January 5, 2013, 10:00 am
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Add the 115-113 double overtime loss to Brooklyn to the laundry list of games that the Wizards could have, would have and should have won this season but didn't. An improbable meltdown in the first overtime Friday night at Verizon Center left a particular bitter taste for the now 4-27 Wizards who fell to 0-5 in overtime games this year.

Up 101-93 over the Nets with 1:27 left, the Wizards squandered a golden opportunity to get a much needed win and saw Brooklyn reel off 11 straight points to take a 104-101 lead with 3.6 seconds left before Wizards guard Bradley Beal forced a second overtime with a step-back three-pointer.

"This is definitely the toughest loss by far," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "We were up eight with a minute and 27 seconds. We have to close that game out.”

Brooklyn would close it out with a Joe Johnson jumper with .7 seconds left to give the Nets the 115-113 victory and leave the Wizards once again pondering what could have been.

“We had the game,” Beal said about the eight-point lead in the first overtime. “We felt as the game was already over. We let them back in too easy. Kind of the same thing that happens every time.”

The Wizards missed plenty of free throws that would end up haunting them. Washington went a paltry 18-31 from the free throw line, including two big misses by the usually reliable Jordan Crawford with 15.1 seconds left and the Wizards up 101-100. It was another chance to put the Nets in a tough spot and the Wizards failed.

“This was a tough one to swallow," Beal added.