The presses have been stopped, as the Washington Wizards have won a game in the 2012-2013 NBA season.
After being blown out Monday night by the San Antonio Spurs, the team's game against the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday looked like it would end much like the team's first 12 had. Sure, they had opened up a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter after ending the third on a major run, but the Wizards that fans had gotten used to reared their ugly head, going almost seven minutes without a point as the Blazers reeled off 16 straight.
But the Wizards responded: led by 19 points by Jordan Crawford off the bench and 14 points from Trevor Ariza, the team opened up a two-point lead with under a minute left, Damian Lillard traveled, and the Wiz forced a stop as J.J. Hickson clanged a jumper, and held on for the 84-82 win. After a season featuring 10 single-digit losses and defeats in overtime, and a double-overtime loss Saturday, the Wizards' win was long overdue.
Here's a look at the team's results from the beginning of the week:
Monday: San Antonio Spurs, 118, Washington Wizards, 92
Wednesday: Washington Wizards, 84, Portland Trail Blazers, 82