You guys, what's going on? Are we safe? Did the Mayans predict the apocalypse 13 months early?
So many epic things happened last night. The Washington Wizards beat the Miami Heat at home, 114-97, and along the way built a 34-point lead before, in #SoWizards fashion, almost losing it, holding on, and surging forward at the end. From Nene's monster block on LeBron James early in the game, to his monster dunk on LeBron late in the game, from John Wall's step-back three in Norris Cole's eye late in the fourth quarter, to Mike dropping a "Brick killed a guy" in his recap, so much epic occurred.
It really was overwhelming, but you all were champs, and stuck it through. In the end, the internet didn't let us down.
Home team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamer, sidebar, Mike Wise column) | AP | CSN Washington (recap, sidebar) | Truth About It | Wiz of Awes | DC Sports Report | District Sports Page | Ted's Take | Wizards.com | Monumental Network
Road team recaps: Hot Hot Hoops | Miami Herald (gamer, sidebar) | Sun-Sentinel | Heat Index (recap, Oden sidebar)
Postgame interviews: Randy Wittman | John Wall | Nene | Bradley Beal | Marcin Gortat | Trevor Booker | Martell Webster | Chris Bosh | Dwyane Wade
22 - String of consecutive Heat victories over Southeast division opponents snapped by the Wizards. Yowza!
9 - Assists recorded by Nene against the Heat, a career high.
9 - Washington's advantage in free throw attempts against Miami. The Wizards made 22-of-26 free throws, while the Heat made 16-of-17.
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
There were so many...
If Bradley Beal is auditioning to play Ray Allen's kid in "He Got Game 2", consider the part his. 4-4 FG, 10 pts. Wizards 24-12.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 16, 2014
Damn, D-Wade, did Nene scare you? https://t.co/YpWxyauaWj— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) January 16, 2014
Wizards are shooting 71% right now. That's sustainable, right?— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) January 16, 2014
Is this real life? pic.twitter.com/dQS0xiBaoP— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) January 16, 2014
Is this real life? pic.twitter.com/AmeReINgkh— DavidDunn (@ImDavidDunn) January 16, 2014
If you're at Verizon Center, please send me photos of anyone in Cowboys and/or Yankees gear— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) January 16, 2014
Wizards "Bandwagon Cam" on people wearing Heat gear in DC tonight pic.twitter.com/XZywSSvwse (H/T @Owls_BlueDevils, @HoopDistrictDC)— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) January 16, 2014
Wizards lead the Heat by 21 points at halftime. Miami has trailed by as many as 34 in 1st half. This is not a typo.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 16, 2014
The Wizards outscored the Heat 43-18 in the first quarter, and stretched their lead to 34 in the second quarter. Then, in the most predictable development in world history, the Heat went on a run of their own, and #WizardsTwitter went all Negative Nancy.
(Terrified Wizards Face)— danny rouhier (@funnydanny) January 16, 2014
We're gonna give up a 34 point lead, I just know it— Akbar Naqvi (@A_Naqvi_WoA) January 16, 2014
Heat now on a 13-5 run, which makes it, oh, 67-43 with 1:18 left in the half. The Wizards so got this game in the bank.— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) January 16, 2014
The setup for the most heart-rending collapse in the second half, probably. RT @GMers1: @[me] WHAT IS HAPPENING— HELLO my name is (@JohnCTownsend) January 16, 2014
I bet "win expectancy" and "win expectancy by people who have watched Wizards their entire lives" are 2 very different numbers right now— David Malitz (@malitzd) January 16, 2014
This is the scariest 21-point lead of all-time #Wizards— Ward Watkins (@PhoneBoothWiz) January 16, 2014
Wiz are up 21 at half, and I'm still nervous— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayCSN) January 16, 2014
@MikePradaSBN Shut. Up.— Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) January 16, 2014
Any one feel like this is a set up— Wizkid (@wizkidforever4) January 16, 2014
@Truth_About_It PRADA?— Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) January 16, 2014
Nerd— Glenn Consor (@GCtalks) January 16, 2014
No team with a 21 point lead has looked so vulnerable.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) January 16, 2014
#SoWizards #SoWizards #SoWizards #SoWizards #SoWizards #SoWizards #SoWizards #SoWizards #SoWizards #SoWizards #SoWizards #SoWizards— HELLO my name is (@JohnCTownsend) January 16, 2014
An absolutely guaranteed loser... We ALL KNOW IT too— Eric Bickel (@EBJunkies) January 16, 2014
In honor of @adammcginnis, i'm going to say that the Wizards lead would not have dwindled if Jordan Crawford was still on the squad— Rashad Mobley (@rashad20) January 16, 2014
Wiz more gassed than Exxon. Puckering harder than a preacher. BLAME WHITMANFACE— wizznutzz (@wzzntzz) January 16, 2014
About to walk out of Verizon— Chris Ford (@DCSportsNexus) January 16, 2014
What if...the Heat(s) purposely tried to get down by 30+, just to make a miraculous comeback?— Ben M (@BenAgent0) January 16, 2014
But then something glorious happened. Just as the Heat had dwindled its deficit down to nine, and appeared poised to retake the lead altogether...the Wizards held on. Not only that, but they outscored Miami in the fourth quarter, 28-20, and claimed their biggest win of the season, and maybe in several seasons. #WizardsTwitter rejoiced.
Chris Bosh acting like the referee just called the first ever personal foul in the history of basketball. #Wizards pic.twitter.com/2RMb3Qy349— Danny (@recordsANDradio) January 16, 2014
Wiz holding on. Past Wiz would have blown this. Let’s see if this Wiz group has Wizzen’d up. #Pradanalysis— Seth Pollack (@sethpo) January 16, 2014
Man, #WizardsTwitter can't handle large leads vs Heat, the playoffs might kills us all with anxiety attacks— Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis) January 16, 2014
Wall step back in your face #hawtness #wizards https://t.co/MtyIBPfZ9K— Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis) January 16, 2014
Nene just dunked on LeBron James. Time to go home, folks #wizards— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) January 16, 2014
Numbers don't lie. Welcome home, #Wizards. #WizHeat pic.twitter.com/fN95GV2SRG— Monumental Network (@MonumentalNtwrk) January 16, 2014
JOHN WALL #NBABALLOT— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) January 16, 2014
JOHN WALL #NBABALLOT— Ｗｉｚ Ｓｐｕｒｔｉｎ ！ ！ (@Wiz_Spurtin) January 16, 2014
John Wall #NBABallot— Ward Watkins (@PhoneBoothWiz) January 16, 2014
Seriously, the Wizards beating the Heat gets me steamed up. Pants on the roof steamed up.— chad dukes (@chaddukes) January 16, 2014
Heat visit White House, immediately suffer recession. #WizardsTalk— Michael Jenkins (@JenksCSN) January 16, 2014
Tough break for all the duke fans there tonight. Have a safe trip home. News & traffic turn to All News 99.1 FM.— danny rouhier (@funnydanny) January 16, 2014
That doesn't look like John Wall "@theNFLchick: He said that?! LMFAOO RT @rvngirl: RT @SuspendedChris: pic.twitter.com/pyIRIjKV7T"— David Steele (@David_C_Steele) January 16, 2014
VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT
You know what's coming.
Oh man, it doesn't get much better than that.
GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
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