Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/11/12
NEW ORLEANS -- If there is truth in advertising, a game pitting the NBA teams with the worst records in their respective conferences lived down to its billing. Jordan Crawford broke open a tie game midway through the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and driving layup and foul shot to lift the Washington Wizards to their first road win of the season, a 77-70 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night at New Orleans Arena. Crawford scored 12 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter. The Wizards entered the game as the NBA's only winless team on the road, having lost their previous eight road games. The Wizards, the last-place team in the Eastern Conference, raised the worst record in the NBA to 3-15. The Hornets, who fell to 5-15 on the season, got Anthony Davis back in the lineup after the rookie forward had missed the previous 11 games with a stress reaction in his left ankle. Davis hit a driving layup and a free throw to draw the Hornets within 73-70 with 1:51 left, but Crawford hit a 20-footer to seal the game with 47.1 seconds left. Ryan Anderson scored 17 points for the Hornets, but he was shut out in the second half. The Wizards erased a 10-point, third-quarter deficit with an 11-1 run in a 3:02 span of the quarter, with six points coming from Nene, to tie the game 56-56 with 1:27 left in the quarter. Davis hit a rebound follow at the end of the quarter to put New Orleans up 60-56. But the Hornets scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter and had only 48 in the final three quarters after taking a 22-11 first-quarter lead. Davis entered the game with 4:34 left in the first quarter, displayed plenty of pent-up energy, but he picked up two fouls in 20 seconds of the second quarter and had to sit. He hit a 17-footer from the wing for his first points and then dribbled in from the high post for a left-handed layup. The Hornets held the Wizards to 28.2 percent shooting in the first half (11-of-39 from the floor) but still led by only 42-36 at the half. The Wizards scored the final six points of the half on a pair of conventional three-point plays by Bradley Beal and Jordan Crawford, who combined for 21 points in the half. Anderson scored 17 of his points in the first half, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and had seven rebounds. The Hornets held Washington to just 11 first-quarter points, the lowest total by a Hornets' opponent this season, and led 22-11. NOTES: Hornets coach Monty Williams said there were no restrictions on Davis, who returned after missing the previous 11 games with a stress reaction in his left ankle. The Hornets went 2-9 without Davis in the lineup. "He certainly gives us another scoring option," Williams said of the NBA's No. 1 overall pick who was averaging 16.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. "He gives us length at the basket. His ability to read and react is something that we've missed, especially in that second unit. He complements all of our bigs, and he has the ability to shoot the ball, run the floor, dive in on the pick and roll, and pass."... Williams kept Anderson in the starting lineup and brought Davis off the bench. "Ryan is basically a starter in this league, and that helps you bring Anthony along at a different rate," Williams said. "They've both been able to stay about 30 minutes a game, which is something that can keep those guys fresh all year."... Rookie Austin Rivers returned to the starting lineup at shooting guard for New Orleans. Rivers served as a reserve the previous nine games. ... Wizards coach Randy Wittman said the team's rash of backcourt injuries -- John Wall has missed 18 games with an injured patella and A.J. Price broke his right hand last Saturday -- opens things up for Shaun Livingston and Crawford at the point. "We're a little short-handed, but opportunities present themselves, and they're more than capable of stepping up," Wittman said.
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