Five most important magician moments of the twenty-first century

What were the best moments of the Washington Wizards this century? We tried to answer this very question this week Bleav in Wizards Podcast!

The “best” can be interpreted in many ways but I selfishly viewed them as the moments that brought me the most happiness as a Wizards fan. In the podcast, we talked about several others who weren’t in Usman Baig’s top five, so feel free to check it out for our honorable mentions. Let us know in the comments what would be the best 5!

1) John Wall won a triple in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals against Boston in 2017

The Witches dropped 91-89 until Wall hit those three to give them 92-91. Wall started the game 1-12 from the field and Bradley Beal started the game 0-7 from three. Bale hit three goals late and went on a big run on his own to put them in place and then Wall hit the dagger. Wall finished 9-25 (2-5 of three) for 26 points and 8 assists. Bale was 15-26 overall (1-8 of three) and had 33 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists. The entire bench was cut at 13 points.

They lost the series in the end so that probably warrants a downgrade but in terms of most of the single moments I’ve had as a fan, that should take the cake. (Author’s note: I fully admit that there may be some freshness bias here because most of the other things on this list are much older.)

Shoot the wall the winner of the match against Boston
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2) Gilbert Arenas beat Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash in the same week in 2006

in the match with Lakers, Arenas had 60 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for Bryant with 45 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. As if that wasn’t enough, five days later, Arenas scored 54 points against Phoenix with their best defenders (including Shawn Marion) wrapped around it. Once again, he surpassed one of the top gaming stars as Steve Nash had 42 points and 12 assists.

Arenas managed to win three matches with 30 seconds of overtime to secure the win, ending a 15-game winning streak for The Suns. Not only was he putting up big numbers, he was defeating the Wizards on good teams. In seven matches, Arenas scored 60, 23, 30, 54, 31, 39 and 36 points. Hibachi has been cooking and this is the most enjoyable two week stretch I have had as a sports fan.

Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Lakers

Arenas shoots Bryant
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3) Winner of the match Gilbert Arenas vs. Chicago Bulls In the fifth game of the first round of qualifying for the year 2005

The Wizards lost their first two games against seed #4. They came back to win the series 4-2, buoyed in part by the clutch’s 112-110 win in Game 5. Larry Hughes was my favorite and had 33 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals in that match so I was really excited to do it. At the end of the game, Arenas was only 5-14 for the game but decided to ignore the play called to Hughes and opted to shoot the game winner over Kirk Hinrich.

I went crazy when he shot that shot. It wasn’t just how they won but how they won. Returning to the series has given me a lot of hope for the future of the team. In the end, the next few years didn’t go as well as I had hoped. But at the time, I was on cloud nine.

Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls

Arenas shoot the winner of the game at Hinrich
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4) win wizards NBA Draft lottery in 2010

The Wizards had the 5th best odds of winning the top pick but somehow they succeeded. The franchise was at an all-time low after the Arenas pistol incident and the recent death of Abe Pollin. The Wizards really needed a shot in the arm and win the right to the John Wall Draft first overall on the condition of that.

In the draft that also produced DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Hayward and Paul George, the Wizards appear to have Evan Turner, who finished second, next on the draft board. Imagine a world where magicians end up with second choice in that draft and get Turner instead of Wall. This may actually be the darkest timeline.

2010 NBA Draft

John Wall after being selected first in the 2010 NBA Draft
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5) Sweeping wizards Toronto Raptors In the first round of 2015 NBA playoffs

The Wizards won the fourth and final game of that series convincingly, 125-94. This pick could be a bit controversial in the top five, but after the way they performed in this series, I was very confident that they would remove Atlanta Hawks And I make the deepest playoff of my life. Unfortunately, Wall broke his hand in the first match of the second round and the rest was history. But for a few days I allowed myself to dream that maybe, just maybe, they could get lucky and sneak in The NBA Finals.

Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards - Game 4

Nene backs away from Jonas Valanciunas
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Osman Bey, the co-host of this episode, had a slightly different menu and a few extras that I wish I had thought of. To explain his choices, check out the podcast.

1) 2005 Playoffs vs Chicago Bulls

2) Michael Jordan decided to play for the Wizards (I honestly can’t believe I didn’t think of including that)

3) Wizards win the lottery 2010

4) Wall’s 6 winner

5) I Called Game winner Paul Pierce vs. Atlanta Hawks (this was my honorable mention)