Orlando had played well all night, right down to the final seconds when Victor Oladipo took his shot at a game winner and missed, but left the Wizards just 0.8 seconds left to avoid overtime.
That was enough.
Bradley Beal rubbed off a Paul Pierce screen and rolled to the rim where a perfect lob pass from Andre Miller — maybe the best lob passer in the league — was waiting. Beal tapped it in and Washington picked up a dramatic road victory, 91-89. It was a well designed play by Randy Wittman, one that the Wizards executed perfectly.
Defensively, I know with .08 they have to cover for a catch-and-shoot, but I’m surprised when teams don’t zone off the paint with a big man in these situations, just taking the lob at the rim out of the picture. Oladipo got just half a step behind Beal off the pick and that’s all it took.