Wizards forward/center Nene threw down a last-second, game-winning dunk to deliver a 94-93 home victory over the Pelicans on Saturday.
With seven seconds remaining in regulation and New Orleans leading 93-92, Washington set up an inbounds play from the left sideline. John Wall inbounded to Nene and quickly received the ball back on a dribble hand-off, and the All-Star point guard worked some clock at the top of the key. Once there were only three seconds left, Wall used a right-to-left crossover and a stutter dribble to get deep into the paint, where he attracted the attention of four Pelicans.
The aggressive drive left Nene wide open on the left wing, and Wall dumped a pass off to the Brazilian center at the last moment. With a clear path to the basket, Nene made no mistake, flushing the ball through with just 0.3 seconds remaining in the game. His dunk put Washington up by one.
Nene threw down a game-winning dunk against the Pelicans. (Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
A desperation heave at the buzzer by New Orleans guard Brian Roberts was no good.
Nene finished with a game-high 30 points (on 13-for-19 shooting) and seven rebounds. Marcin Gortat added 16 points (on 6-for-9 shooting) and 10 rebounds in the win.
Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 26 points (on 11-for-18 shooting) and 11 rebounds. Anthony Morrow added 18 points (on 7-for-8 shooting) and two rebounds in a losing effort.
Washington improved to 27-28 with the win. New Orleans dropped to 23-32 with the loss.