The Washington Wizards appeared to secure a win for those who backed them quite early Tuesday, with a 30-point halftime lead over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Wizards held a 35-point lead at one point in the contest and were comfortably covering the spread and moneyline despite giving up 40 points in the third quarter. In terms of bad beats, this might be the worst beat in NBA history.
Washington held a 114-107 lead with 20 seconds to play. According to the Action Network, teams in this situation in NBA games were 16,239-0 entering Tuesday’s contest. Yes, you read that correctly. 16,239-0. A missed Kyle Kuzma free throw, two Luke Kennard triples and an incredible poor defensive foul later, that mark is no longer perfect.
Wizards ML was one of the worst beats ever... pic.twitter.com/zHgCMp2Qey— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) January 26, 2022
The Clippers scored nine points in the final 20 seconds as part of a 80-point second half to overcome the Wizards 116-115. You can imagine how many Wizards spread and moneyline bettors were fuming over the late collapse, in addition to those who had Washington in parlays with other games. Los Angeles covered the 5-point spread per DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total going over thanks in part to the second half comeback.
To top all this off, the Clippers did this without Paul George or Kawhi Leonard on the floor. For a Wizards team looking to secure Bradley Beal’s commitment to the team on a long-term deal, this could be a franchise-defining loss.