Caron Butler made a layup with 3.9 seconds left and Washington held its breath as the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James missed a potential series-ending layup at the buzzer, giving the Wizards an 88-87 victory on Wednesday night and reducing their deficit to 3-2 in the overheated best-of-seven first-round series.
Butler scored 32 points for the Wizards, who played without point guard Gilbert Arenas, who announced beforehand that his season was over because of a bothersome knee.
James scored 24 of his 34 points in the second half.
The Cavaliers led by five points with 1:47 left but allowed Washington to score the final six points and end a five-game playoff losing streak in Cleveland.
Boston 110, Atlanta 85 -- In a game featuring a flagrant foul and four technical fouls, the Celtics took charge early and held off the visiting Hawks late to move one game away from reaching the second round by taking a 3-2 lead in the series.