If the Washington Wizards could only play bad teams at home, they might be onto something. The Wizards upped their overall record to 11-27 this past week after going 2-1 against a trio of opponents with a combined 32-87 record.

Jan.11-Wizards vs. Kings

The Wizards returned home on Jan. 11 for a barnburner against the lowly Sacramento Kings. Led by guard Nick Young’s career-high 43 points, Washington overcame a late fourth quarter collapse to eventually take down the Kings, 136-133, in overtime. Washington squandered a 20-point first quarter lead before blowing a six-point lead with 14 seconds left in regulation. Leading 125-123, Sacramento guard Pooh Jeter drove past Washington guard John Wall to tie the game and force overtime.

Washington was able to overcome the scare thanks in part to seven three-pointers from Young. Wall added 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds while forwards Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis each contributed double-doubles.

Jan.13-Wizards vs. Timberwolves

The Wizards hit the road on Jan. 13 hoping to snap the league’s longest road losing streak. But all they got was an extension to their now 0-19 road mark in a 109-97 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Led by third-year forward Kevin Love’s 35 points and 11 rebounds, the Timberwolves ran circles around the Wizards defense, scoring at least 27 points in each quarter.

As he did against Sacramento, Young again played 43 minutes of the game, but wound up with just 15 points. Lewis led the team with 19 points, while Wall added a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists.

Jan.15-Wizards vs. Raptors

Washington returned home on Jan. 15 to face the Toronto Raptors, and improved to 11-8 at the Verizon Center with a 98-95 win. Young led the team with 29 points despite making only one of his first eight shots. He sank nine of his final 11 shots however, and scored Washington’s first 13 points of the second half.

Blatche backed his efforts with 17 points and 13 rebounds while forward Yi Jianlian provided 10 points and four rebounds off the bench. Showcasing the athleticism that has him pegged as a finalist for this year’s dunk contest, JaVale McGee finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in the victory.

Up Next

Washington will welcome the Utah Jazz at the Verizon Center in their next game on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Jan. 17.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO