Lamond Murray Jr. blocked a shot attempt by Sheldon Mac as time expired to hand the Wizards an 89-88 loss on Wednesday evening.
With the loss, the Wizards are now 0-4 and eliminated from tournament action.
Things started out promising for Washington, first with Miami announcing that Bam Adebayo and Okaro White would be rested by the team as they faced their third game in three days. Washington took advantage, as they jumped out to a 49-41 lead going into halftime, fueled primarily by their bench.
However, Miami ripped off an 11-2 run to open the second half and retake the lead. From there, it was primarily a battle between Marcus Keene and Justin Robinson as they traded bucket after bucket until the final possession, when Murray made a great recovery on Mac’s backdoor cut to deny his shot at the rim that could have won the game.
Washington will have one last chance to get a win in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon against the Timberwolves in the Consolation Round.
Marcus Keene keeps getting buckets
Washington leaned more on their bench since they were playing their third game in three days, which opened up a chance for Marcus Keene to play some big minutes. He responded well, with 18 points in 25 minutes on 8-16 shooting and 2-6 from deep, as well as a pair of assists.
Keene certainly had his share of defensive struggles against Justin Robinson and others, but at the end of the day, he helped the cause a lot more than he hurt it.
Michael Young delivers off the bench
The Wizards opted to bring Michael Young off the bench in this one, after starting him in the first three games in Las Vegas. Playing him more with Marcus Keene and Jared Cunningham opened things up for Young and allowed him to have a much better outing. He finished with 11 points on 5-7 shooting and 4 rebounds in 21 minutes of action.
Clearly, Young is still trying to find his place here at Summer League, but this was a good step in the right direction.
Chris McCullough can dunk
The rest of his performance was pretty uninspiring, but this was very good.