Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Bobcats: Washington forgets to care about biggest game of the season

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

John Wall deemed his team's Battle For The Sixth Seed against the Bobcats the most important game of the season, but the Wizards certainly didn't treat it that way.

Damnit, Wizards. Damnit.

What's more #SoWizards than dubbing a game likely to determine your playoff seeding "the biggest" of the season and then coming out with all the energy of a grizzly bear in January? Stay tuned, because we'll probably find out once the playoffs start. Bank on it.

Criminy. John Wall recorded this third career triple-double (14 points, 11 assists, 12 rebounds), Marcin Gortat scored 27 points to go with 14 rebounds, and Trevor Booker chipped in 16 points and five blocks (!!) on 4-for-5 shooting and 8-for-8 from the foul line (!!!!), but it wasn't enough as the Wiz started off lethargic, were down 14 after one quarter, shot 1-for-15 from three, and fell to the Bobcats in overtime, surrendering the sixth seed to Charlotte in the process.

Nene had a decent first game back from his sprained knee with 10 points in 17 minutes, but Bradley Beal went a wretched 4-for-15 from the field for eight points. It didn't help that Trevor Ariza, who toughed out 39 minutes despite having the flu, scored zero points. Martell Webster made Washington's only three of the game.

Technically, the Wiz and Cats are tied, but Charlotte owns the tiebreaker by virtue of their 3-1 record against Washington this season. Both squads have four games left, so the Wizards need to win one more game than the Bobcats to reclaim the sixth seed. Washington plays the Magic, Bucks, Heat (who are in a battle with the Pacers for the 1-seed), and Celtics, while Charlotte will face the Celtics, Sixers, Hawks and Bulls.

Yeah, not good. Damnit.

KEY LINKS

Home team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamersidebar) | AP | CSN Washington (recapsidebar) | Truth About ItWiz of AwesHoop DistrictNBC WashingtonTed's TakeWizards.comMonumental NetworkDaily Wizdom

Road team recaps: Rufus on Fire | Charlotte Observer (gamersidebar) | Queen City Hoops

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanJohn WallBradley BealMarcin GortatNeneKemba WalkerAl Jefferson

KEY STATS

6.7 - Washington three-point shooting percentage (1-for-15) against Charlotte.\

5 - Blocked shots by Trevor Booker against the Cats.

TWEETS OF THE NIGHT

VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT

At least this was exciting.

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