Down 11 points in the fourth quarter, against a Chicago Bulls team that possessed the NBA's best record and in an arena in which hardly any team leaves with a victory, the Washington Wizards could have easily decided to collect another loss on an otherwise forgettable season.

Instead, they embarked on their most unlikely comeback, claiming a stunning 87-84 victory at United Center to guarantee they would avoid finishing with the worst winning percentage in franchise history. The Wizards were led by a player given to them by the Bulls simply to clear salary cap space; by an aging swingman who barely got to break a sweat for the past month; by a big man who only got a shot because the options were getting short; and by a rookie point guard who was given rare crunch-time minutes.