Still feeling the glow from a stunning 124-109 victory in Portland in which nearly everything broke in their favor offensively, the Wizards are trying to win three consecutive road games for the first time since Feb. 29-March 21, 2008, when they won four straight.
The Wizards are also hoping to have a better showing than their embarrassing no-show against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 4, when they lost 107-81 at Verizon Center. These two teams staged a double-overtime game last season, with Clippers prevailing 127-119 as Blake Griffin had his first career triple double. In that contest, John Wall and Jordan Crawford became the first pair of rookie teammates to have at least 25 points and 10 assists in the same game.
Wall, Crawford and Nick Young combined to score 85 points against the Trail Blazers, as the Wizards shot a season-high 60 percent from the floor. It was the best shooting performance for the Wizards since the Oct. 31, 2009, when they shot 61.5 percent in a 123-104 win over New Jersey. Coach Wittman wants the Wizards to keep the positive momentum going forward at Staples Center, where the Wizards have lost three straight to the Clippers.
“You’re not going to shoot 60 percent every night. But the thing you’ve got to draw out of it, is the ball movement we had,” Wittman said of the performance against the Trail Blazers. “We weren’t taking a lot of guarded contested shots. We hit the open guy. Those are the things that led to that, then we got hot and made shots. If we can continue that pattern, that’s what you want. And our guys are feeling pretty good. I felt we shot the ball in Detroit and obviously carried it over to Portland.”
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