Even though the Washington Wizards, snapped a losing streak at 12 games and picked up a couple of home victories against the Portland Trailblazers and defending champion Miami Heat, the Washington Wizards still have a sizable task ahead of them if they expect to compete for a playoff spot.
The first step in the right direction came Nov. 28 as the Wizards narrowly edged the Portland Trail Blazers for their first victory of the year. They followed that performance with a trip to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks, losing 108-87.
Then, in their best performance of the season, on Dec. 4, the Wizards outlasted the Miami Heat, 105-101, in a shocking upset in front of a sellout home crowd to raise their record to 2-13.
The Wizards never trailed after the first quarter, set season-highs in assists and shooting percentage and were led by reserve guard Jordan Crawford’s game-high 22 points and six assists.
While the Heat trio of forward LeBron James, guard Dwayne Wade and forward Chris Bosh combined for 70 points, the Wizards kept the rest of the world champions in check.
Meanwhile, the Wizards’ field goal percentage was 48 percent, the best of the year.
The Wizards also contributed 31 assists, another high for what has been a dismal season so far.
Playing without all-star guard John Wall, the team relied on reserves for the victory. Forward Martell Webster, scored 13 points off the bench. Forward-center Kevin Seraphin scored16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a reserve role.