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Daily Digits: The Wizards’ late-game offense has improved significantly this season

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Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the numbers of threes the Wizards have made in the final 30 seconds of one-possession games this season, which is...

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John Wall’s 3-pointer to put the Wizards up by six with 12 seconds left didn’t just ice their win over the Knicks on Monday. It also served as a reminder that in spite of all the team’s challenges this season, they’ve produced fairly well in clutch moments, unlike last season.

The Wizards attempted 14 threes in one-possession games with under 30 seconds left last season — tied for fifth-most in the league last season — but only made one of them (thanks Jodie Meeks!). Now, thanks to Wall’s big shot, along with Bradley Beal’s three that forced overtime in their win over the Blazers, they’ve already doubled their total from last season with 58 games left to go in the season.

The Wizards have done better when the lights are brightest in the closing seconds of games, and they’ve been better in moments leading up to it as well. They average 115.9 points per 100 possessions in the final five minutes of games when the score is within five. That’s the seventh-best mark in the league. Last season, they ranked 25th while averaging 97.6 points per 100 possessions.

If Washington can just get better at turning some of those blowout losses into somewhat more competitive games in the closing minutes, they now have a late-game offense that can seal the deal.