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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Wizards’ Jordan Crawford starting to heat up again

In the second half of Tuesday night’s 93-85 win against Orlando, the Washington Wizards had fallen behind again after erasing a 13-point, first-quarter deficit and were in dire need of a boost.


Jordan Crawford celebrates after hitting a three-pointer to seal the deal in Tuesday’s win over the Orlando Magic. (Jonathan Newton - WASHINGTON POST)
So guard Jordan Crawford took it upon himself to become more aggressive after a first half in which he had but four points. The result was four consecutive field goals by Crawford that gave Washington a 51-50 lead

Crawford then assisted on center Kevin Seraphin’s 16-foot jumper and scored on a rebound putback to make it 55-52, finishing with 17 points in the second half and his second straight game of at least 20 points overall.

It was just the kind of effort the Wizards welcomed from one of their few consistent scorers following back-to-back games in which Crawford had nine points.

“I don't know if Jordan ever lost his rhythm,” Wizards Coach Randy Wittman said. “He just didn’t make shots. Jordan’s a very confident individual as you probably well know. He’s not going to ever back down. I don’t really have to worry about Jordan getting shots up. It’s just make sure it’s the right shots.”

In losses at Detroit and at New Jersey preceding the Wizards’ two-game winning streak, Crawford combined to shoot 5 for 25 and missed 4 of 5 three-point attempts. In these past two games, he’s made 17 of 30 attempts.

Against the Magic, Crawford was able to get to the rim more often with center Dwight Howard inactive because of back spasms. That Orlando had no true shot-blocker in the middle allowed Crawford to score from close range and teammate John Wall to get deep on drives and pass the ball to open shooters on the perimeter.

During his burst to start the second half, Crawford made two layups and hit a jumper from 11 feet.

“Just being aggressive all around,” Crawford said. “Don’t want the defense to key on one thing. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Crawford’s last two games were reminiscent of his best stretch this season, when he had seven consecutive games with at least 20 points during late March.

The difference these days is Crawford’s more prudent shot selection. Instead of settling for long-range jumpers, he’s been releasing more high percentage shots, leading to him shooting better than 56 percent.

In that late March run when he was scoring 20 points regularly, he shot 47 percent.

“Jordan’s doing a great job,” Wall said. “A lot of people criticize him for taking bad shots, but that’s just the type of player he is. Some shots are going to be bad, but he makes those type of shots. That’s how his game is. With him being a scorer, we really need that with our offense right now.”

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