Here’s a quick list of some of the biggest shots in Bullets/Wizards history. All of the shots are from the postseason and all are since the team came to Washington.
1. Bobby D. In overtime of Game 7 of the 1979 Eastern Conference Finals, the score was tied with 20 seconds left. Bullets’ coach Dick Motta huddled the team and said the following….”get the ball to Bobby and get out of his way.” Bobby Dandridge got to his favorite spot 12-15 feet out on the right baseline and buried the game-winner over the Spurs’ best defender, Larry Kenon.
2. Gil’s buzzer-beater in Chicago. With just over 5 seconds left in Game 5 of the 2005 playoffs, Gilbert Arenas calmly worked to a spot on the left wing and sunk the game-winning shot over Kirk Hinrich. The 112-110 win gave the Wizards a 3-2 series lead. Two nights later, they won the series at home.
3. Pierce calls “game” on bank-shot buzzer-beater. After blowing a 21-point 4th quarter lead, the Wizards ran the play for “The Truth” and he delivered.
4. Wes clinches a title. With 12 seconds left in Game 7 of the 1978 NBA Finals, Wes Unseld stepped to the free throw line with the Bullets clinging to a 101-99 lead over Seattle. Wes was a 53% free throw shooter and had already missed 5 in the game including his previous two. He nailed both and with it clinched the Bullets only NBA Championship.
5. Frank Johnson’s 3-pointer from way out. In the 1982 playoffs, Bullets’ guard Frank Johnson nailed a 28-foot 3-pointer with three seconds left to beat the Celtics in Boston Garden, 103-102. The shot evened the Eastern Conference Semifinal series at a game apiece. Larry Bird said about the shot, “it takes a lot of guts to shoot from that far out at that time, and from where I was standing, it was good all the way.”