Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
WASHINGTON -- Sure, the Wizards remain deep in the NBA's basement, an obvious punch line if an example of overall futility is required. Yet on this night, after opening the season with a dozen straight losses, Washington is home to a winner. Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, and Emeka Okafor sank two free throws with 39 seconds left as the 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. "We just broke through the ice," a relieved Wizards coach Randy Wittman said following the team's first victory since April 26, the final game of the 2011-12 season. "I lived in Minnesota for 15, 17 years. That ice was 4-5 feet deep, but it's broken through now." Speaking of ice, Washington went cold during the final nine minutes as it nearly blew the game despite holding...
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