With less than five seconds left in regulation, the Wizards were down by two. But going 0-5 on this road trip wasn’t an option they were willing to accept, especially John Wall, who lit the Jazz up for 24 points in the first half.
But it was Jordan Crawford’s jumper which tied the game at 85 to send it into overtime, where the Wizards prevailed with a 100-95 victory.
The win gives the Wizards a road record of 2-35, and keeps them out of the history books. Had the Wizards lost their remaining road games this season, they would have tied the 1990-91 Sacramento Kings for all-time road futility at 1-40.
The Wizards are now 18-55 overall, and will return home to Verizon Center to play Miami on Wednesday. With nine games left in the season, five at home and four on the road, the Wizards will take whatever positives they can, like sweeping the Jazz in the season series.
The Wizards defeated the Jazz at Verizon Center in January, before the team lost long time head coach Jerry Sloan and point guard Deron Williams, who was traded to the Nets. The Jazz have been in complete disarray since the moves, going 5-16 since losing their coach and star player, and are 36-39 overall.
John Wall led the Wizards with 28 points, six rebounds and seven assists, Crawford scored 25 points and five rebounds and Maurice Evans added 12 points.
“We controlled tempo for most of the game,” said Wizards’ coach Flip Saunders.
“John [Wall] destroyed them when they went man-to-man. They went to zone and we lost some of our aggressiveness. They got themselves back in the game. But we were able to have some of our big guys make some big plays.”
Big plays will be needed when the Big Three from South Beach – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Heat (51-22) come to town on Wednesday.
(Post game quotes courtesy of wizards.com.)