Trevor Ariza throws away inbound pass with 6.1 seconds remaining (GIF)
The Washington Wizards had the type of epic meltdown on Sunday night that typically costs a team its season. At one point, it looked like the Wizards were on their way to evening things up with the Indiana Pacers as they opened up a 19-point lead. Instead, the wheels fell off and Indiana now has a commanding 3-1 series lead.
After blowing a 19-point second half lead, the Wizards still had a chance to send the game to overtime. They were trailing by three but had the ball beyond half court with 6.1 seconds remaining. However, Trevor Ariza threw a lousy inbound pass that deflected off Bradley Beal’s hand and was tracked down by Paul George.
It was a very fitting end to the night, as the Wizards really didn’t deserve to win and George went off for 39 points. He also tied a Pacers franchise playoff record with seven made 3-pointers.
John Wall also passed up a wide open 3-pointer with less than a minute left and Washington trailing by three.
The Wizards will now attempt to keep their season alive in Indiana on Tuesday night for Game 5. It would be very surprising if they can bounce back from that type of disaster.