Wizards handed 7th straight loss

Wizards handed 7th straight loss
December 22, 2012, 9:45 pm
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Pistons vs. Wizards Highlights

After Friday night’s blowout loss to the Detroit Pistons, Wizards coach Randy Wittman issued a public apology to team owner Ted Leonsis and to the fans who sat at home and watched his team sleepwalk through a 32-point loss.

“I’d a turned it off after the first five minutes,” Wittman said.

So what happened Saturday night when the Wizards had to face those same Pistons again at Verizon Center?

With Leonsis sitting two seats to his left, Wittman watched the Wizards miss 14 of their first 15 shots and never recover in a 96-87 loss to the Pistons in front of 13,104 fans who never saw the home team enjoy a lead.

The loss was the Wizards’ seventh straight and their fourth in a row at home since their upset win over the Miami Heat on Dec. 4. They are now an NBA-worst 3-22, the worst 25-game record in the history of the franchise.

Talk about a blue Christmas.

Despite Nene’s first start of the season and Bradley Beal scoring 14 points in his return to the lineup after missing two games with back pain, the Wizards shot just 30 percent in the first half and 38 percent for the game.

Once again, the slow start killed them. The Wizards trailed 11-2 before Wittman received a technical foul for arguing what he thought was a foul on an attempted dunk by Martell Webster.

The Pistons [9-21] kept coming and built a 22-point lead before heading into the half with a 54-35 lead.

Jordan Crawford awoke for 11 points in the third quarter – he had 20 of his game-high 21 in the second half -- to bring the Wiz to within six points with 3:51 to play in the third, but that was as close as the Wizards would get as they faded in the fourth quarter.

Wittman spent the final quarter pacing back and forth in front of Leonsis, who sat with his hands on his lap.

Among the bright spots in the loss was Emeka Okafor’s 14 points and 14 rebounds. Cartier Martin added 10 points off the bench, while Nene finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes.

The Wizards resume play on Wednesday night when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that began their season with a 94-84 loss.