Washington and Portland found themselves in the midst of a back-and-forth game all night long at the Rose Garden, the biggest lead being an eight-point lead by Portland late in the second quarter. The second half was all a see-saw.
Portland looked to be on the verge of the victory, or at least forcing overtime after back-to-back possessions saw a Damian Lillard layup and a Wes Matthews three-pointer tie the game at 95-all.
In the end, it wasn't John Wall. It wasn't even Bradley Beal who got the last shot.
Crawford almost inexplicably pulled up for a three, with plenty of time left on the clock to find a better look. But lucky for him, the shot fell, and the world went crazy:
JORDAN CRAWFORD MANIA!— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 22, 2013
Jordan Crawford just burned the Rose Garden to the ground.— Rob Mahoney (@RobMahoney) January 22, 2013
The Wizards found the guy with the hot hand at just the right time, and it worked out for them:
All 13 of Jordan Crawford's points came in the fourth quarter— Ben Golliver (@blazersedge) January 22, 2013
And even better for the Wizards, they spoiled Nicolas Batum's huge night, who picked up a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks:
Blazers F Nic Batum on his triple double: "That doesn't count, we got swept by the Wizards."— Ben Golliver (@blazersedge) January 22, 2013
In the end, it was another win for the Wizards since the return of John Wall, who missed the team's first 33 games with a stress injury in his kneecap. Washington has now won four of six since their point guard's return, and five of seven overall.
Wall missed the team's first 33 games with a stress injury in his kneecap.