Posted November 29, 2012 on
AP on Fox
After enduring the worst start in team history, the Washington Wizards finally got in the win column their last time out.
Another victory could be hard to come by with a visit to Madison Square Garden in store.
The Wizards try to build on their latest result Friday night against the New York Knicks, who look to stay unbeaten at home and continue their recent domination in the series.
Washington opened 0-12 before escaping with an 84-82 win over Portland on Wednesday. The Wizards surrendered their fewest points of the season and held the Trail Blazers to a season-low 34.9 percent shooting, but they still had to sweat things out after blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter.
"Well, we made it interesting, but we won," coach Randy Wittman said. "We just broke through the ice. I've lived in Minnesota for 15, 17 years. That ice was four or five feet deep, but it's broken through now.
"When you get to this level, you've got to have some thick skin, and you've got to be able to overcome those kind of things."
Jordan Crawford had 19 points off the bench while Kevin Seraphin scored 10 to go along with 10 rebounds.
"It's a great moment for us, but at the same time we can't celebrate too much," rookie Bradley Beal said. "We have a great team coming up next in New York. We have to be ready for Friday.
"We know they can shoot the ball, they're capable of pretty much anything. They spread the floor, 3-point shooters everywhere ... so we really have to be on our toes and make sure we're aware of who's on the court."
The Wizards have dropped nine straight to the Knicks (10-4) by an average of 14.0 points. They suffered a 103-65 defeat in the last matchup April 13, their 15th loss in 17 visits to New York.
After falling 96-89 in overtime in Monday's much-anticipated showdown at Brooklyn, the Knicks bounced back with a 102-88 win at Milwaukee two nights later. Carmelo Anthony continued his impressive play, scoring 29 points and shooting 9 of 18 from the field.
"He's playing at an all-time high, I think. And it's a beautiful thing to watch," coach Mike Woodson said of Anthony, who's gone 17 of 26 (65.4 percent) from 3-point range and averaged 32.5 points over his last four games.
"He's just been solid, and it's kind of nice to see. He's put a lot of time in this summer with the Olympics, and it carried over to the summer program when we got back. He came to vet camp in great shape, and it's been a nice carry-over to the season."
Anthony has been especially good at home, where he's posted an NBA-best 28.6 points per game in helping New York open 5-0 for the first time since a 9-0 start in 1992-93.
Anthony is averaging 27.1 points against Washington, his third-highest mark versus any opponent. He may need to shoulder even more of the load with Jason Kidd uncertain to be available for a third straight game due to back spasms.
The Knicks may also want to get Steve Novak more involved. The 3-point specialist went 5 for 7 from beyond the arc and finished with a season-high 19 points against the Bucks. New York is 11-0 when he scores at least 16 dating to last season.
BEST OF MAXIM
Wednesday Wizards Report Sad, but it has already come down to looking at the 2013 lottery for Wizards fans Losing is never fun no matter how you look at it. Losing leaves a bitter taste in your mouth and after 12 straight losses to open the season, our mouths as Wizards fans have quite a disgusting taste in them. And with no return date set for John Wall and tough games against...
After their worst start in history, the Washington Wizards became a national punch line. On TNT, Charles Barkley compared them with the Washington Generals, and a local newspaper had photos of fans wearing paper bags over their heads at Monday's 26-point loss to San Antonio.
The jokes can stop -- at least for now.
Washington earned its first victory after starting the season...
The Washington Wizards earned their first victory after starting the season with 12 straight losses, getting 19 points from Jordan Crawford in an 84-82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Washington survived a scoreless 6:47 in the fourth when Crawford hit on a 3-pointer with 2:06 to play, and the Wizards finally took the 84-82 lead on Emeka Okafor's two...
I managed to catch Randy Wittman's post game press conference following the Washington Wizards first win of the season, which came against the Portland Trailblazers. He answered questions about the team team's struggles this season and the feeling in the locker room.
Could the first win for the Washington Wizards have only been because the opposing starting point guard was freaked out in their city? Portland Trailblazer rookie Damian Lillard apparently has a slight phobia towards statues. Maybe it was the extra nerves (Lillard went 6-21) that allowed the Wiz to pick up their first win Wednesday night 84-82 over Lillard's Blazers. The first...
Just when the Charlotte Bobcats thought it was safe to claim the NBA's worst record ever, the Washington Wizards rise up, and attempt to lay claim to the thrown. Here is the latest update for the NBA's worst teams, NBAwful 2012-13, Vol. II.Washington Wizards: Breaking news!! The Wizards won a game! The Wizards beat the Trailblazers Wednesday night to break into the win column...
Fashlete David Beckham was spotted kicking it courtside at the Lakers Vs. Indiana Pacers game Tuesday night at the Staples Center, and A injured John wall shared a photo on Instagram of himself after his Washington Wizards got their first victory of the season yesterday. Whose look are you feeling??
Beckham left the sharp suit at home and opted for a casual look rocking his...
Portland continues East Coast slide
The Headline: squaring off with the winless Wizards, Portland continues its East Coast losing streak with this new 82-84 loss.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Washington Wizards
When: 7:00 ET, Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Where: Verizon Center (Washington D.C.)
Officials: Derrick Stafford, David Guthrie, James Williams
Wizards win! On their 13th try, the 2012/13 Washington Wizards finally won a game of basketball. They did so at home against the Portland Trail Blazers, who shot 34.9% from the floor in the 84-82 upset. Washington nearly blew it by failing to score as the Blazers rattled of 16 straight, but they were able to hang on thanks to a timely three from Jordan Crawford (the only Wizard...