Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/28/12
WASHINGTON -- Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, and Emeka Okafor sank two free throws with 39 seconds left as the Washington Wizards snapped their 12-game, season-opening losing streak, edging the Portland Trail Blazers 84-82 Wednesday night. Washington's skid was a franchise record for the start of a season. The 2009-10 New Jersey Nets hold the NBA mark for the worst start, 18 losses in a row. The Wizards rode a 17-4 second-half run to a 70-59 lead, and Jordan Crawford's jumper pushed the advantage to 79-64 with 8:53 remaining. That would be Washington's last points for the nearly seven minutes, as the Wizards' offense disappeared while Portland methodically resurfaced with a 16-0 run. The Trail Blazers (6-9) led 80-79 with 2:27 left after Nicolas Batum made one of two free throws. Crawford's 3-pointer ended the streak, and LaMarcus Aldridge followed with a game-tying basket. Okafor's two foul shots put Washington ahead 84-82. Turnovers followed on the next possessions for each team, including Nene's charge with nine seconds remaining, sending the ball to Portland. J.J. Hickson missed a jumper, and Washington secured the rebound with 0.5 seconds left. The Wizards threw away the subsequent inbounds pass, giving the Blazers one final attempt, but the visitors could not get off shot before the buzzer. Batum and Damian Lillard each scored 20 points for Portland, losers of three straight, and Hickson finished with 15 points and 19 rebounds. Aldridge added 17 points and seven rebounds. Trevor Ariza scored 14 points, and Kevin Seraphin contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards. The game pitted the Washington's league-worst scoring offense against a Portland defense allowing the most points per game. Nene, who sat out Washington's 118-92 loss against San Antonio on Monday, entered the game with 1:43 left in the first quarter. Coming off Monday's loss at Detroit, Portland started quick, draining six of its first seven shots, including three from beyond the arc for a 20-9 first quarter lead. Accuracy lagged the rest of the half as Portland finished the half 15 of 42 (35.7 percent). After opening 4 of 15 from the field, Washington found its scoring spark starting with a Webster-led 10-0 run. Trailing 27-23 after the first quarter, the Wizards took a 37-31 lead with Crawford scoring seven during an 11-2 surge. Crawford, Batum and Lillard scored 11 apiece in the half and after the Trail Blazers regained the lead, Shaun Livingston's turnaround jumper knotted the score at 43-43 before halftime. NOTES: Wednesday's game marked the 100th meeting between the teams with Portland leading the series 52-48. ... Wizards forward Trevor Booker missed his fourth consecutive game due to a right knee strain.
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