First off, I want to apologize to the Nets and the Wizards. I razzed on them all game by comparing their double-overtime game to getting yelled at by a girlfriend for 30 minutes straight, going to the dentist, or going on a date with a, um, non-looker (I’m trying hard to be nice here).
But it was the most competitive game of the night and though it was played by the Nets, who play at a turtle’s pace, and the Wizards, the worst team in the league, I’ve appreciated it a little bit more a few hours after it was over. Granted, it won’t be in my must-watch games when I go scour for NBA games on YouTube but it was a good game, nonetheless.
The Nets were up, 93-91, after a Brook Lopez putback dunk with about four seconds left. Then Nene drove down and made a running one-hander to send the game to a first overtime. The first overtime was interesting. Washington scored the first eight points of OT and then the Nets ran off 11 straight. So what does Bradley Beal do? Make a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to a second overtime.
At that point, I was like, “Please end this game now!”
It looked like the game was headed to a third overtime. Former Wizard Andray Blatche (who received some boos from the Verizon Center crowd) fouled Bradley Beal with the Wiz were down by two. Beal calmly made two foul shots to tie the game at 113 with nine seconds left.
So the Nets went to a tried-and-true (and unfun) option: they went to Joe Johnson. Yes. The dreaded Iso-Joe we’ve become familiar with at both Atlanta and Brooklyn.
So, of course, we saw the familiar dribbling by Joe Johnson. The Wizards tried to defend. Joe Johnson went to a stepback jumper near the right elbow. Not the best shot. But it went in. Great shot. It would be Johnson’s second game-winner of the season.
The Nets are now 4-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. As for the Wizards, they are 0-5 in overtime games. And, of course, they’re 4-27 overall, the worst record in the league. It’s just been that kind of season for the Wizards.