It looked like the Washington Wizards were poised to win a stunning game over the mighty Miami Heat. They led 93-89 with only 18 seconds left to play in the game. But then, disaster struck, and they came away emptyhanded.
First, Andray Blatche fouled Chris Bosh on a three-point attempt. After Bosh hit two of three free-throws, the Wizards tried to inbound the ball, but Blatche threw it away from Nick Young and James Jones stole it. Jones was immediately fouled, and sank two free throws to tie the game. On the ensuing Wizards inbounds play, Kirk Hinrich was fouled, but his just one of two free throws. Miami took the ball out of the basket, and Dwyane Wade raced upcourt to draw the foul, converting on both free throws for the final margin.
The Wizards had one last chance with seven seconds left. Hinrich dribbled all the way to the rim and went up against Wade and Chris Bosh. Somehow, neither player fouled him, and Hinrich's layup didn't even hit the rim. Wade threw the ball in the air for a 95-94 win.
The loss spoiled a breakout performance for Nick Young, starting for the traded Gilbert Arenas. Young had 30 points in the game, going shot-for-shot with LeBron James and Wade. Blatche added 20 for the Wizards despite the boneheaded plays down the stretch. James led Miami with 32, while Wade and Bosh added 20 apiece.