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Washington had a chance to win in regulation when Mike Miller's driving layup with 1:08 to play put the Wizards ahead, 110-109, and brought much of the announced 17,408 to their feet. Washington instead was fortunate to force overtime when Foye's 20-foot jumper rattled around the rim, bounced above it and then fell through the twine to tie the game at 112. McGee then blocked a potential game-winning shot by Wilson Chandler with 1.9 seconds remaining.
It was an ugly overtime. The Wizards and Knicks combined to shoot 3 of 16 from the field, but David Lee scored with 1.6 seconds left to secure the win. Lee was able to drive down the left side of the lane and finish a lay-up with his left-hand while being closely guarded by the Wizards JaVale McGee. "When I got by him, I just tried to find his body so he couldn’t unload on me and block the shot and I was able to score," Lee said of his drive on McGee. "Anybody else would go up high or dunk the ball, but with McGee I knew I had to find his body and put a shoulder on his shoulder to stop some of his momentum." "I tried to block his (David Lee) shot and I feel like nine times out of ten I’m going to block that shot," McGee added. "He put it right in the right spot and I just missed it."
McGee suffers from no shortage of heart or determination or willingness. But until he adds defensive discipline and toughness to his resume, there’s no reason for the opposition to run anything fancy offensively. The play, "Run at McGee and if you get blocked once, you probably won’t the second time," is perfectly sufficient all by itself to snap New York's eight-game losing streak. "[McGee] has a tendency when a guy’s head up with him, and he’s facing the guy, he doesn’t want to contest those shots," said Saunders. "He wants to try and contest from the side because there’s no contact from the side. You’re going to get hit. He’s got to learn to get more where he can take a guy head on and contest from that area."
Washington, now 3-3 since the trades of Caron Butler(notes) and Antawn Jamison(notes), was led by Andray Blatche(notes), who had 26 points and a career-high 18 rebounds and nearly had a dubious triple-double. He committed eight turnovers. "This is all new for me," Blatche said. "I’ve never been the go-to guy."
[Andray scored] 26 points (on 11-21 shooting), grabbing 18 rebounds, and even dishing out six assists in 51(!) minutes. According to Basketball-Reference.com, since 1986-1987, only seven other players have put together games of at least 26-18-6 while playing at least 50 minutes: Michael Jordan, Joe Barry Carroll, Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Kevin Garnett, Yao Ming, and Richard Jefferson. To narrow the list even more, only two players on that list (besides Blatche) shot over 50 percent in their respective games: Jordan and Shaq.