The Wizards have lost two in a row and five of six overall at Verizon Center and need to defeat the Golden State Warriors to avoid falling below .500 at home.
Since beating Orlando by 18 points on Dec. 2, the Wizards have shot just 42.2 percent from the floor and 28.3 percent from long distance at home. The lone quality performance came in a 106-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons. In the other five games, the Wizards are averaging just 88.4 points and have been outscored by a total of 43 points.
“We got to get a win at home,” Bradley Beal said. “We’re doing a great job on the road. This year, we’re focused more on the road than at home. We’ve got a great opportunity to stop an eight-game win streak team.”
The Wizards have lost five straight games against the Warriors, who could have the franchise’s first single-season winning streak of at least nine games since 1975. Washington would like to collect at least one more home win before embarking on a three-game road trip through Charlotte, New Orleans and Indiana.
“You always want to win at home. You want to make home very special,” Martell Webster said. “This reminds me back to the year we went to the playoffs in my fourth year in the league at Portland. We were terrible at home, but we were amazing on the road and we made it to the playoffs. It’s one of those things, you want to win games, but if you’re winning games on the road, continue to do that. Try to figure out that formula to win games here at home, because you want your fans to come out and support you.”
Webster said success at home could inspire more fans to attend the games. They currently rank 19th in the league in attendance at 16,398 and have yet to record a sellout.
“It’s nothing like having a packed house,” Webster said. “Unfortunately, as it is, when Miami or LA are here, all the fans want to show up and it’s almost like a playoff atmosphere. That’s what we want consistently. I don’t care if they want to cheer for the other team. Go ahead. It brings more energy to the building if we have more butts in the seats and if we continue to find that winning formula here at home, then we’ll have more fans, because we love the energy that they bring.”
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