The Washington Wizards saw the end to another disastrous season, closing their 2012-2013 campaign with a six-game losing streak to finish with a record of 29-52.

Missing several key players at different points of the year, the lack of depth and superstar options other than John Wall was glaringly evident throughout the season. Washington finished the season against a pair of Eastern playoff contenders gearing up for the postseason.

April 15—New Jersey 106, Washington 101: Washington built a 17-point lead on the road only to watch it dwindle away in the closing quarter, as former Wizard and current Net Andray Blatche came back to bite his old team. Seven players scored in double figures for New Jersey, including Blatche, who led the team with 20 points and 12 rebounds. John Wall paced Washington with 18 points, 12 assists and three steals. New Jersey erased an early first half deficit and went on to outscore Washington by nine points in the fourth quarter to close the game.

April 17—Chicago 95, Washington 92: Even without superstar guard Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls are still a formidable team—a fact the Wizards learned as the Bulls jumped out to a 31-15 first quarter lead at home. Washington scraped their way back into the game with a strong second quarter and trailed 52-47 at halftime. But other than guards John Wall (23 points) and A.J. Price (24 points), Washington couldn’t generate an offense as four starters, not including Wall, combined for just 26 points. Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 19 points and 15 rebounds as the Bulls secured the fifth spot in the Eastern Playoffs with the victory. 


Stephen D. Riley

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