Originally written January 25, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards have been called many names this season. Following their latest victory, one moniker no longer applies: last place. John Wall had 14 points in his first start of the season and the Wizards moved out the NBA's basement with a 114-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Jordan Crawford paced six double-figure scorers with 19 points in 22 minutes, and Bradley Beal scored 16 for the Wizards (10-31), who have won six of nine games and four straight at home. The victory moved Washington past idle Charlotte (10-31) in the league-wide and Southeast division standings. Neither the players nor coach Randy Wittman were aware of the standings rise. After being used as a league-wide punch line for much of the season, the Wizards are now punching back. "We're just trying to close out the season the right way," Wall said. "You're not going to hear any good thing about your team or organization when you'r...
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