The Nuggets blew a chance to force overtime in the final seconds with a baffling decision on an easy fastbreak

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Jamal Murray reacts to the Nuggets loss to the Wizards. Jack Dempsey/AP Images
  • The Denver Nuggets missed an open three-pointer to lose 112-110 to the Wizards on Thursday.

  • The Nuggets blew a 3-on-1 fastbreak opportunity in the final seconds when nobody went for a wide-open layup.

  • The Nuggets instead hoisted a three as time expired and lost.

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Basketball coaches around the world must have cringed at the Denver Nuggets' final possession in a loss to the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

Trailing 112-110, the Nuggets secured a defensive rebound off a miss from the Wizards' Raul Neto with just under seven seconds to play.

Nuggets guard Jamal Murray immediately pushed the ball down court and appeared to have a golden, 3-on-1 opportunity - Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. was behind Bradley Beal, the lone Wizards defender back, and guard Facundo Campazzo had flanked out to the right wing.

It's hard to imagine a scenario where this doesn't turn into the game-tying layup:

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Alas! Things quickly went awry.

  • Porter ran to the right corner, instead of to the basket.

  • Murray got stuck somewhere between taking a pull-up three (which the Nuggets didn't need) and stopping himself from throwing a lob to Porter (the play that probably should have happened).

  • Campazzo stopped running on the right wing.

  • Monte Morris (the fourth Nuggets player to cross half-court) stopped at the three-point line above the break.

Murray got double-teamed by the Wizards, and amazingly, none of the Nuggets cut to the basket - which was wide open.

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Instead, Murray passed it to Campazzo, who missed the open three as time expired.

The expression of Nuggets players said it all:

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Here was the entire play:

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