John Wall made a beautiful pass to Nene for the game-winning layup with half a second remaining in the Wizards' 86-84 victory on Saturday night in Miami. But that decisive sequence – and even a similar play 45 seconds earlier – was the result of more than just Wall's vision or Nene's hands and dexterity.
Credit a lesson learned. The real reason the Wizards were able to escape Miami with a win over the Heat's skeleton crew is because of a loss in Indiana on March 29, when the team was in a similar position, attempting to tie in the final 30 seconds.
Wall and Nene worked a high pick-and-roll, Wall drove left and hesitated when he saw Pacers center Roy Hibbert approaching. Though Nene was open, Wall threw the ball back to no one in particular, which led to a backcourt violation. After that loss, Coach Randy Wittman pulled Wall aside and showed him video of the sequence, explaining that he simply needed calm down and slip the pass to a cutting Nene.
John Wall learns from previous mistake to lead Wizards to win in Miami
Washington Post | Apr 22