Most Memorable Games from the Washington Wizards' 2012-13 Season

Jonathan Munshaw@@jon_munshawCorrespondent IApril 25, 2013

Most Memorable Games from the Washington Wizards' 2012-13 Season

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    Although the Washington Wizards struggled mightily this season, sandwiching 12-game and seven-game losing streaks around a 29-53 record, not every game was a struggle for Wiz fans.

    There were some high points to the season—especially when John Wall finally came back from injuries.

    These games certainly didn't make up for the once-again mediocre season, but they at least gave fans hope for the coming years.

    As fans start to reflect on how poorly Jan Vesely played this season, or whether or not the team should re-sign Martell Webster, they can at least reflect back on these five games.

    While all these games don't necessarily have to be wins, they will certainly stick in the minds of fans in Washington even during next season.

    Since the Wizards didn't get close to making the playoffs, none of these games had any sort of a huge impact on the team's season, but they at least will be memorable for months, and maybe even years, to come.

No. 5: Jan. 21, Wizards at Portland Trail Blazers

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    Heading into their game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, the Wizards only had eight wins on the season and 30 losses.

    By the end of the game, it was hard to tell that as Jordan Crawford was swamped by his teammates on the opposing team's court.

    At this point in the season, John Wall was back in the lineup but wasn't fully starting.

    Heading into the fourth quarter against the Trail Blazers, Washington was up 69-64. The Wizards held that lead up until there were seven seconds left in the game, when Wesley Matthews tied the game up at 95 for Portland.

    However, Crawford was not about to let his team lose its 31st game of the year. With only three seconds left, Martell Webster inbounded the pass to Crawford, who pulled up on a three and drained it with no time left to seal the victory for Washington.

    Crawford was mobbed by his teammates, and the Trail Blazers were defeated on their home court.

    While Crawford is no longer with the team, he certainly provided the Wizards with one of their top moments of the year.

No. 4: Feb. 27, Detroit Pistons at Wizards

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    While this game didn't end in a win for the Washington Wizards, it was without a doubt one that will be memorable for Wizards fans for years to come, especially as long as Trevor Ariza is on the team.

    However, it was probably only memorable for the people who were not in attendance and instead watched it from their homes on television.

    The Wizards played from behind for most of the game but eventually pulled into striking distance of the Pistons in the fourth quarter.

    Ariza was on fire, scoring eight points in the final 34 seconds, shortening Detroit's lead to just one.

    With just under two seconds left on the clock, Ariza pulled up on a baseline jumper from three.

    Anyone actually in the Verizon Center was able to see Ariza's shot fall short. That is, everyone except Wizards' broadcaster Steve Buckhantz, who now infamously shouted his "dagger!" catch phrase, thinking Ariza's ball had gone in, only to realize he had just blown a huge call.

    Sure, the game ended in a loss for Washington, but at least it got them the attention they wanted all year, albeit for the wrong reasons.

    This game will certainly be one of the more memorable ones for the Wizards this year, even though it was chalked up in the loss column.

No. 3: Jan. 12, Atlanta Hawks at Wizards

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    After missing the first 33 games of the season, John Wall finally returned to the Wizards' lineup the second week in January against the Atlanta Hawks in Washington.

    At that time, Washington was 5-28, and the Hawks were seven games over .500 at 21-14.

    While Wall didn't start in this game, he did play his first minutes of the year.

    By the end of the game, Wall logged 21 minutes, putting up 14 points and four assists. Wall showed no signs of slowing down, shooting 5-of-11 from the floor.

    Bradley Beal carried most of the load for Washington that night, playing 40 minutes and scoring 16 points.

    In the end, Wall's return was a success and the Wizards upset the Hawks 93-83. After that game, the Wizards started to roll and started to play more teams competitively, mainly because of Wall's presence on the court.

No. 2: Jan. 7, Oklahoma City Thunder at Wizards

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    Before John Wall's return to the lineup, Bradley Beal was essentially the face of the team.

    Beal was the majority of the offense for Washington in Wall's absence and proved that against the Oklahoma City Thunder just a few games into 2013.

    At one point in the game, the Wizards were up by 10 points, 30-20. However, they allowed the Thunder to come back in the second quarter to take the lead.

    The game was neck-and-neck up to the end of the fourth quarter, when Kevin Durant tied the game at 99 with a three-pointer with 34 seconds to go.

    The Wizards took the ball down the court with 12 seconds left, and Bradley Beal pulled up on a jumper from two with no time left on the clock.

    That game turned out to be one of the better ones for the Wizards, and hopefully Beal will have many more moments similar to that one.

No. 1: March 25, Memphis Grizzlies at Wizards

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    Of course, what would be more memorable than a career game from your team's star player?

    Since returning from injury, John Wall caught fire and was easily the most valuable player for the Wizards.

    There was no question in anyone's mind that Wall had recovered from his injury after the night of March 25, when the Wizards took on the Memphis Grizzlies in Washington.

    That night, Wall dropped a career-high 47 points en route to a 107-94 win for Washington.

    Sure it wasn't the most compelling game in terms of drama, but it will be hard for any Wizards fan to forget where they were the night John Wall scored 47. For the first time all year, the Wizards were in national headlines and were leading off sports highlights shows simply because of this game.

    On top of Wall's 47 points, he had seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block.

    This without a doubt was the highlight moment of the 2012-13 season for the Wizards, and hopefully Wall will have plenty more of these moments before his time in Washington is up.

Honorable Mentions

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    March 22, Wizards at Los Angeles Lakers

    Before Kobe Bryant went down with a torn Achilles, the Wizards were looking play spoiler to the Lakers' season by upsetting them at home. Washington ended up coming home with a 103-100 win, as John Wall scored 24 points.

    This was a game that many analysts expected Washington to lose, but it was able to hang on. Sure, the Lakers ended up making the playoffs, but if nothing else it gave the Wizards confidence heading into the backstretch of the season.

     

    April 2, Chicago Bulls at Wizards

    Keeping the theme of beating playoff-bound teams, the Wizards were able to escape with a win over Chicago. John Wall led the upset, putting up 27 points and adding on three blocks and eight rebounds. The Bulls were without Derrick Rose, but the Wizards still put up an impressive performance.