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Korver, Hawks beat winless Wizards, 101-100 in OT

Associated Press Modified: November 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm •  Published: November 21, 2012
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ATLANTA (AP) — Nene prayed, Randy Wittman pleaded and the Wizards insisted their video showed Washington had its first win.

The efforts all just added more heartbreak as the Wizards remained winless.

Kyle Korver hit a long 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime and the Atlanta Hawks beat Washington 101-100 on Wednesday night, extending the Wizards' franchise-worst start to 0-10 when officials ruled their last-second shot came too late.

Korver, who had 16 points, hit his fifth 3-pointer after Kevin Seraphin's baseline jumper gave Washington a 100-98 lead.

Following Korver's shot, Seraphin missed a hook shot. Martell Webster rebounded the miss for Washington under the basket and scored on a layup as the buzzer sounded.

One official initially ruled the basket was good and some Washington players celebrated as they rushed off the court.

"We all ran back here," said Webster in the locker room. "We thought we had won. Our video guy is showing it over and over."

Seraphin thought the winless streak was over: "I said, 'We got it! We got it!'"

The officials conferred and ruled the basket was late.

Wittman, the Washington coach, rushed over from the bench and protested.

Nene, who remained on the court, said he prayed as the officials reviewed the video replay and then confirmed Webster's follow-up shot was late.

The shot was very close.

"Our video showed it's good," Wittman said.

The standings tell a different story for the league's only winless team.

Washington became only the 13th team in NBA history to open a season with 10 straight losses, according to STATS LLC. The 2009-10 New Jersey Nets had the worst start in NBA history at 0-18.

Seraphin led Washington with 21 points and 10 rebounds. A.J. Price had 14 points.

Josh Smith led Atlanta with 25 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Al Horford had 15 points, a career-high 10 assists and nine rebounds. Devin Harris had 13.

Korver launched his game-winner from about three feet beyond the 3-point line. He made five of 12 3s for the game. He said that was too many misses.

"It was time I didn't leave another one at the front of the rim," Korver said. "I left about 10 at the front of the rim."

Asked if Korver's shot followed the script, Hawks coach Larry Drew smiled and said "That 3 that he hit? Yeah, I'll take credit for that."

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