It's hard to decide which was the crazier part of the Washington Wizards 114-107 loss Saturday against the Houston Rockets, the 49-19 run that propelled the Wiz from a 25-point third-quarter deficit to a five-point fourth-quarter lead, or the Verizon Center roof leak that twice delayed the game for a cumulative 57 minutes.
Wait, who are we kidding? Pretty sure "NBA team makes crazy run to erase giant deficit" is something we see just about every week. On the other hand, "NBA game delayed by...RAIN??" That's a bit more rare, and the fact that it occurred in #SoWizards fashion only makes it better.
But man, that run was still pretty nuts. The Wizards were down 25 points with a little more than eight minutes to go in the third quarter. But Washington, led by by none other than (wait for it...) Kevin Serapin (!!!), went on a 49-19 run over the next 15 minutes, and had a five point lead with less than six minutes to play in the game.
Alas, the tank went empty after that, and the Rockets pulled back ahead and went on to win. On the one hand, the Wizards looked pretty bad on the way to being down 25 points. On the other, they looked pretty amazing in coming all the way back. On the third hand, they still lost, and #NoExcuses?
Whatever. That was some entertainment.
Road team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamer, sidebar) | AP | CSN Washington | Wiz of Awes | District Sports Page | Ted's Take | Wizards.com | Monumental Network | Daily Wizdom
Home team recaps: Houston Chronicle | Space City Scoop
Postgame interviews: Randy Wittman | John Wall | Bradley Beal | Trevor Ariza | James Harden | Dwight Howard
57 - Combined minutes Wiz-Rockets was delayed by two Verizon Center roof leaks.
8 - Houston's made-free throw advantage against the Wizards. The Rockets won by seven. Relevant?
-26 - Bradley Beal's plus/minus against the Rockets, worst on the team.
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
First half MVPs. pic.twitter.com/CMUAVaxSth— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 12, 2014
Trashcan #NBABallot RT @Unsilent Seriously though. #raindelaytheater pic.twitter.com/Zg0AAFfhJD— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) January 12, 2014
wiz defense sure is leaky. HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY--OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!— wizznutzz (@wzzntzz) January 12, 2014
What's the weirdest thing to ever happen at Verizon Center? A) Guns in locker room, B) Rain delay or C) Shoe defecation? @BulletsForever— Ryan Kelly (@RyanJKelly) January 12, 2014
Verizon Center had shown uncommon rudeness toward the Wizards, but at least it had the decency not to spit on them. http://t.co/M5oTrFt2YP— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) January 12, 2014
VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT
"That's not good." lulz
GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
HONORARY RECAP COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
Michael Scott + 35 rec's = automatic win.
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My reaction to everything Beal did in this game, including when he came back in down the stretch: