Rasual Butler

Washington Wizards forward Rasual Butler (8) drives with the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 in Washington. The Wizards won 107-103. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Two home victories against the struggling Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic may have come a bit too close for the liking of most Washington Wizards fans. But the Wizards struggled to defend their home court last season, and appear to be trying to make amends this year. Washington is 4-0 at home so far in the young season, and with two home wins against floundering teams, the attitude may be changing in Washington, D.C.

Nov. 12: Washington Edges Detroit, 107-103

The Pistons have routinely caused problems for the Wizards over the last few years. For the first half of their Nov. 12, matchup, Detroit’s size on the inside with Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith appeared ready to give Washington more of the same. Detroit led by 10 points early in the first half, but a strong charge by John Wall (27 points, 11 assists) put the Wizards back in the game before the home teamfinally edged out the Pistons, 107-103. Newly-added reserve swingman Rasual Butler came up huge, only missing one shot from the floor on his way to an 18-point night. Washington was plus-10 with Butler on the floor, and even Kris Humphries got into the act, hauling in nine rebounds to go with his 12 points. This game was all about maturity for the Wizards: they would have lost this same game last year with Detroit playing fairly well on the road. The Pistons found 32 points and 10 assists from point guard Brandon Jennings, but Wall’s jump shot with just over a minute remaining sealed the win for Washington.

Nov. 15: Wizards Roll over Magic, 98-83

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) passes the ball between Orlando Magic forward Channing Frye (8) and guard Victor Oladipo (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 98-93. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington’s fourth home win of the season came Nov. 15, with a 98-83 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Verizon Center. Wall led the team with a double-double of 15 points and 10 assists, and Nene added 16 points on eight-of-14 shooting from the field. But it was Washington’s reserves who made the difference. Three players came off the bench to score double digits for the Wizards, including backup power forward Kris Humphries with 16 points and six rebounds. Second-year small forward Otto Porter scored 13 points and Rasual Butler added 10 points.

After playing just two games this week, Washington will receive another lengthy break until Nov. 19, when they host the Dallas Mavericks and the surging Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 22. The team is off to a 7-2 start and looking strong, but both Dallas and Cleveland are formidable teams that will surely provide a nice test for Washington.