WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Washington Wizards are now 3-0 over their last three games against the Miami Heat, courtesy of a 105-101 home win on Dec. 4. The upset over the defending champions was supposed to finally ignite the season for the slow-starting Wizards.

Instead, the worst team in the league dropped two straight following their surprise victory. The team is still awaiting the return of point guard John Wall, whose status the team announced as unsure of when he will return. Wall was expected to miss the season’s first eight weeks. It was a 1-2 week for the Wizards who now sit at 2-15. The AFRO recaps the week that wasn’t for the Wizards.

Dec. 4: Wizards 105, Miami Heat 101—Shooting guard Jordan Crawford scored a team-high 22 points and recorded six assists as the Wizards shrugged off a triple-double from LeBron James to upstage the Heat for their third-straight win over the star-laced defending champions. Five players scored in double figures for Washington who performed in front of a sold out Verizon Center stuffed with more James’ supporters than Wizards fans. That didn’t matter to the home team however. They built a double-digit lead before fighting off the Heat in the waning seconds. James had two chances to either tie the game or take the lead late in the fourth quarter on a pair of three pointers but his attempts clanged off the rim.

Dec. 7: Wizards 95, Atlanta Hawks 104— A few days after their surprise win over Miami, the Wizards were at it again on the road against the Atlanta Hawks but they couldn’t recapture their magic in a close defeat. Atlanta’s frontcourt of Josh Smith (23 points, 15 rebounds) and Al Horford (14 points, 14 rebounds) dominated while starting guards Jeff Teague (19 points, six assists) and DeShawn Stevenson (15 points, three rebounds) helped give the Hawks a nice balance that the Wizards couldn’t overcome. Atlanta led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter but the Wizards stormed back to trim the game to an 84-82 deficit in the fourth quarter. The Hawks countered with a run to finally put Washington away. Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin led the team with 19 points and seven rebounds with rookie Bradley Beal adding 18 points.

Dec. 8: Wizards 97, Golden State Warriors 101—Washington returned home after their road game against Atlanta to face a Golden State team off to their best start in 20 years. Despite a courageous Washington effort, the Warriors simply had too much for the Wizards as Golden State had three players score 20-plus points with power forward David Lee leading the way with 24 points and 17 rebounds. The Wizards hung close with Crawford leading the way with 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds but couldn’t overcome a hot-shooting night from the road team.

Washington will return to action on Dec. 11 when they visit the New Orleans Hornets and star rookie forward/center Anthony Davis.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO