Nene and the Wizards got past Anthony Davis and the Pelicans to sweep the season series. (Derick E. Hingle/Usa Today Sports)

Ted Leonsis, Washington Wizards owner and committed blogger among other titles, published one of his typically brief posts on his personal blog Sunday afternoon. It contained five paragraphs that all began with “we.” The “we” he referred to was his basketball team, which was in the midst of its first three-game losing streak of the season, and he offered his take on the struggles.

Leonsis, as the headline read, wanted the Wizards to get “back to basics.” He wanted them to crash the boards, revert to their stingy defense and run the floor more. He wanted the big men to take fewer jump shots. He wanted the team to run more plays and attack the basket more at the end of close games. Those, he believed, were the reasons why Washington had dropped three of the first four games on its toughest road trip of the season.

The Wizards played Monday night like they had read the owner’s words, returning to the blueprint that shepherded them to the franchise’s best start in 36 years in a 92-85 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

“We got back to a lot of those principles,” Wizards forward Paul Pierce said.

With the triumph, Washington (23-11) concluded its strenuous gantlet through five of the Western Conference’s top teams at 2-3 and swept the season series with the Pelicans. The outcome appeared sealed for much of the game; the Wizards seized the lead in the first quarter and didn’t relinquish it over the final three periods. But their offense became stagnant in the second half as they flirted with another late-game debacle.

The Post Sports Live crew debate whether the Wizards can prove they are Eastern Conference title material with wins on a tough five-game road trip against top Western Conference teams. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)

The Pelicans made it interesting at the start of the fourth quarter by cutting the deficit to two points on Ryan Anderson’s three-pointer with 11 minutes 25 seconds remaining in the game.

The development brought flashbacks of the late-game troubles that torpedoed the Wizards in their losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. But Andre Miller, the oldest active player in the NBA, dusted off his deadly post-up game and rattled off eight points in less than three minutes to help Washington build the gulf back up to nine.

It was the second time in three games that Miller, usually a pass-first point guard, switched to unstoppable scorer mode, especially in the post, to buoy the Wizards’ second unit. He did it Friday against the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and he did it again Monday, this time having his way with Austin Rivers.

“I just want to keep the offense moving,” said Miller, who finished with 12 points. “But there’s going to be times when I get the opportunity — maybe one out of five games — to be a little more aggressive and can make some plays for myself.”

New Orleans tightened the affair again, however, in the waning moments. A 6-0 run fueled by Wizards miscues and capped by an Anthony Davis dunk shrunk the margin to four points with 29.7 seconds remaining, but the Wizards made the necessary defensive stops and their free throws to escape Louisiana with a win.

“We closed, that’s the bottom line,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “It wasn’t pretty, but you feel good when you win and you feel lousy when you lose.”

John Wall was assertive early and immediately pushed the pace more to the Wizards’ liking. Wall recorded assists on four of Washington’s first five baskets and finished the first quarter with eight points and six assists on his way to compiling his league-leading 20th double-double with 15 points and 12 assists.

But the pace tapered off and the offense, as a result, suffered in the second half. After scoring 52 points in the first half, Washington mustered just 40 in the final 24 minutes.

Ultimately, two Wizards staples propelled them: Washington committed just 12 turnovers to 23 assists and held an opponent under 100 points for the first time on the five-game trek, improving to 19-1 on the season when it does.

“We talked about our record when we don’t give up 100 points,” said Pierce, who recorded 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting. “We’re pretty much the best team in the league.”

Tyreke Evans, who had been a game-time decision because of an illness, and Davis, an MVP candidate, each recorded 21 points to pace New Orleans, but the Pelicans (17-17) committed 18 turnovers and shot just 6 for 19 from behind the three-point line.

The difference defensively during the trip’s initial four legs, guard Bradley Beal explained, was that Washington didn’t engage in team defense as much as it usually does. Help came late, if at all, leaving defenders on an island to defend. Monday, Beal said, the Wizards got back to what they usually do to close their toughest week of the season.

“We got back to helping each other,” Beal said, “and talking and communicating and flying all over the place, which is what we do.”

And which is exactly what a certain blogger wanted.