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Wizards fall to 0-11 after heartbreaking double-OT loss to Bobcats

Nov 24, 2012, 11:02 PM EDT

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It isn’t so much that the Wizards have yet to win a game this season. It’s that the losses seem to get more and more heartbreaking each and every time.

Washington fell to 0-11 on Saturday, after taking Charlotte to double-overtime before eventually losing by a final of 108-106.

Even though the Wizards were typically brutal in this one — turning the ball over 20 times, shooting 36.6 percent, and trailing by double digits in the second half — they had their chances to win, and legitimate ones at that.

At the end of regulation, Martell Webster headed to the free throw line with the Wizards trailing by one and 17 seconds remaining. He made the first to tie things at 92, but missed the second. That could have been disaster had the Bobcats secured the rebound, but it landed in the hands of Chris Singleton instead.

With 15 seconds remaining and possession, Jordan Crawford dribbled down the clock, before pulling up for a good look at a 21-footer that wasn’t all that close. If you’ve watched the Wizards at all, you just knew that wasn’t the way the team was going to secure its first win of the season.

So we go to the first overtime, where Washington had their chance to win handed to them by the officials, quite literally. But they simply couldn’t take advantage.

The Wizards trailed by two with 1.3 seconds remaining, and called timeout to advance the ball after a made free throw from Byron Mullens. Chris Singleton launched a long three from the wing with 0.4 remaining, and it appeared that he missed and the game had ended — except the closest referee ruled that Singleton was fouled, and gave him three free throw attempts and essentially an unguarded chance to score the points necessary to put Washington in the win column for the first time this season.

But it wasn’t meant to be. Singleton made the first, missed the second, and made the third to send it to the second overtime session, where the Bobcats made sure that the Wizards had run out of chances.

Having the chance to win a game at the free throw line and not coming through can be pretty frustrating for a team without a win yet this season, but for this Wizards team, it’s just par for the course.

After the way they lost their last time out in Atlanta — with Martell Webster’s potentially game-winning putback being waived off right at the buzzer — they may be starting to believe that anything that puts them on the wrong side of victory is possible.

  1. BigBeachBall - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    John Wall would look good coming off the bench for steve nash in a few years

    • dko83 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      Are you high?

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Nash is 38 and has barely played this season.

      “A few years” = Nash at age 41 = likely retired

      • monkeyhateclean - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:49 AM

        I think BBB’s point was that Wall will be a non-Bullet the second he gets a chance to get the hell off this horrible franchise. And he is correct.

    • badintent - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:20 AM

      I like them when they were the Bullets and had Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld, etc. Come to think of it, they could beat this team right now. A Little EPO from Lance and away you go !!

  2. 91devinhester23 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    hahaha that pic

    • money2long - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      lmao. that pic says it all !!

  3. apooster - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    I don’t follow the Wizards, so I have no clue about their roster situation…. but Randy Wittman is a joke of a head coach. The guy has gone 118-238 in his career and still gets head coaching gigs?

  4. websurferdude - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Get rid of Ted Leonis.

  5. mydadyourmom - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Wow that is an awful record!

    • raidmagic - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      HA nobody else thumbs up this guy, he’s got the reverse of their record. We can just come back and keep updating it as they lose.

  6. badassleroybrown - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    If John Wall was healthy there record would be the exact same!


  7. seanb20124 - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Ted Leonsis appears to want to build through the draft.

  8. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    how about a little bit of credit to the bobcats? with mkg, geoffrey taylor, and ben gordon fouled out; gerald henderson still out with injury, playing away on a back to back night, and STILL being able to close out the game in double overtime against a win-starved wizards team, let’s be fair here: the bobcats are a decent basketball team this year. not awesome or flashy, but a decent team nevertheless that is incredibly well coached and massively upgraded from last year’s blooper team. and, as the article pointed out, the refs even gave washington one of the overtimes for free!!!

  9. patfic15 - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Contraction…..start in DC.

  10. fanz928 - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    This wizard team is just sad

  11. nokoolaidcowboy - Nov 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Looks like a crime scene photo!

  12. nokoolaidcowboy - Nov 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Looks like a crime scene photo!

  13. charlescub80 - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Worse team ever?

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