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Posted at 06:55 AM ET, 02/07/2012

JaVale McGee runs back on defense when Wizards have ball

So the Wizards had an 18-point third-quarter lead against a last-place team without its leading scorer on Monday night. They won in overtime. Whatever. A win is a win right now.

“A win is a win right now,” interim coach Randy Wittman agreed. “And we are happy,” Wittman said.

Did the Wizards play great? Well, that’s debatable.

“I got everybody hyped, and they showed it tonight,” Nick Young said, via The Post’s game story. “They played great. That’s our word, ‘Be great.’ ”

Is “Be Great” really a word? Also debatable, I suppose.

What’s not debatable is that the Internet’s favorite part of Monday’s game came on a sequence in which no points were scored, no fouls called and no cheers bestowed. Instead, it came when JaVale McGee missed a shot and then ran a suicide squeeze the length of the court to get back on defense. While his team still had the ball.

The animated version can be seen here; I will provide a few snapshots from this truly magical sequence.

UPDATE: Randy Wittman talks about McGee’s play.

It starts with McGee taking a driving, looping hook shot, which caroms off the rim.

Several players scrap for the rebound, while McGee goes flying out of the screen, his momentum carrying him past the baseline. You can sort of vaguely see his outstretched hand on the far right side. The ball pops out to the perimeter, where Nick Young secures it for the home team. The offense gets a second chance.

McGee comes blazing back into the picture, understandably trying to get back on defense. He is initially joined in this sprint by Raptors big man Amir Johnson, who figures if McGee was going to the other end of the court, that must be the place to be. They briefly run side-by-side. Young, meanwhile, passes the ball to John Wall at the top of the key.

Johnson (15) sees the ball and decides he’ll just hang out with the other eight guys on the same end of the court as the basketball. Play some defense or something. McGee, though, has places to go.

So then Wall turns around and is like, “Dude?”

And Trevor Booker, on the block, raises his hand to actively gesture to McGee that things are actually more interesting over here. Come back to us, friend.

And then Wall sort of actively invites McGee to come back and join everyone else in the game that they are playing

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Categories:  Wizards | Tags:  JaVale McGee, Wicked Pixels

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