What a week for the Washington Wizards. With virtually only a top-five draft pick left to play for, Washington isn’t tanking. The Wizards made a 3-0 run against Chicago, Miami and Milwaukee, all playoff contenders. It was the best week of the season for the Wizards. The AFRO recaps the week that was wonderful for the Washington Wizards.

April 16– Wizards, 87 — Chicago, 84: With superstar point guard Derrick Rose sidelined with an injured foot and fellow all-star swingman Luol Deng on the shelf with a groin injury, the Wizards took advantage in a big way, securing a huge road win at Chicago in a game the Bulls needed to keep atop the National Basketball Association Eastern Conference. Forward Kevin Seraphin recorded 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in his matchup against defensive standout center Joachim Noah. Reserve swingman Maurice Evans recorded 14 points off the bench.

April 18– Wizards, 121 — Milwaukee, 112: Hot shooting and no defense were the stars of the high-scoring affair between the Wizards and the Bucks. A road game that Milwaukee absolutely had to win to keep their chances alive as the eighth seed went down the drain as guard Jordan Crawford blasted the Bucks for 32 points in front of a raucous Verizon Center crowd. Crawford joined five other Wizards in double figures as Washington scored 61 points in the second half. Milwaukee guard Monta Ellis tried to counter Crawford with 31 points of his own but Washington shot more than 53 percent from three-point range and 55 percent from the field.

April 21, Wizards, 86 vs. Miami, 84: With forwards LeBron James and Chris Bosh sidelined, Dwyane Wade was forced to carry the load for the Heat but the shooting guard left early in the first quarter after dislocating his finger. Guard John Wall paced the Wizards with 13 points, 13 assists and four steals as Washington recovered from a blown 10-point second half lead to tip the Heat by a basket in Miami. The Heat tied the game at 84-84 after forward Udonis Haslem’s putback with nearly six seconds left but Wall found center Nene for a pass, who was cutting to the basket, for a layup on the ensuing inbounds possession.

Stephen D. Riley

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