The Washington Wizards managed to avoid being the laughingstock of the NBA as they held on for a 99-97 victory over the Miami Heat despite holding a 35-point lead in the third quarter.
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The Wizards led the Heat, 83-48, with just over seven minutes remaining in the third. The Heat did not quit, though, as they went on a 25-5 run to end the quarter.
The Heat continued their furious rally by going on a 24-10 run in the fourth quarter, and they trailed by one point.
Michael Beasley made the most of his 10-day contract by leading the charge with 13 fourth-quarter points.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal made one free throw attempt before the Heat were unsuccessful in sending the game to overtime or stealing the win.
Beasley went for the game-winning shot, but he stopped dribbling and reset his feet before taking the shot, so it wouldn’t have counted regardless.
If the Heat won the game, they would have tied for second for the biggest comeback in NBA history. The Utah Jazz overcame a 36-point deficit against the Denver Nuggets in 1996.