Wizards Still Winless at 0-11
Charle E. Sutton | 11/26/2012, 9:34 p.m.
The sight of Nene playing for the Wizards on Saturday night was actually quite encouraging. Although he had an injured left heel, he came through with some monster dunks and a crowd-pleasing behind-the-back pass.
The Wizards finally caught a break when a foul call resulted in Chris Singleton going to the free throw line. He was granted three free throws with his team trailing by two points and less than a second remaining in overtime. They had fouled out three of the Charlotte Bobcats, shut down their leading scorer, and had several opportunities to get their first win which they have yet to grab this season.
But once again, the Wizards lost their composure and the game ended in the same manner as the previous ten. Following a 108-106 double-overtime loss to the Bobcats on Saturday at Verizon Center, the Wizards are now a franchise-worst 0-11 and are uncertain as to when they'll get their first win.
The Wizards couldn't blame this loss on a bad break or bad timing. They had a chance win in regulation, but Martell Webster, who had a team-high 21 points, missed a free throw with the game tied at 92 and Jordan Crawford missed an off-balance jumper as time expired.
Trailing 99-97 in overtime, the Wizards blew a would-be win when Bobcats forward Byron Mullens (26 points) clanked a free throw with 1.6 seconds left and guard Jeffery Taylor hit Singleton on the arm as he fired a potential game-winning three-pointer.
Singleton converted the first free throw but missed the second. He made the third free throw to send the game to a second overtime period, but it wasn't enough.
Rookie guard Bradley Beal had his own blown opportunity late in the first overtime. He missed a wide open three-point attempt, got the rebound, then lost possession to Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (12 points on 3-of-17 shooting), who threw the ball off the shoulder of Nene as he fell out of bounds with three seconds remaining, to save possession for the Bobcats.
In the 29 minutes Nene was in the game, the Wizards outscored the Bobcats by 22 points, and Charlotte made its largest runs with him on the bench. In his two contests, the Wizards have outscored their opponents by 31 points with Nene in the game but managed to lose by a combined three points. Their next opportunity to get a win comes Monday night at Verizon Center when they host the San Antonio Spurs.