Highlights: Wizards 102 - Pelicans 96
Every time the Wizards play with everyone involved, it drives home that coach Randy Wittman is right: This team is better team when they don't rely on one player to win the game and carry too much of the burden. He's not calling them out. It's simply the truth. Look at the results, and John Wall, Bradley Beal, Nene, Martell Webster, Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza all will admit he's right, too.
That's why the Wizards (16-17) won for the second time in a row Wednesday and now are 9-9 on the road with Friday's game at the Indiana Pacers looming (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). They didn't play, as Wittman has said several times this season, "selfish." They shared the wealth.
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"A real solid effort top to bottom. We had multiple guys stepping up at different times. That's good to see when you've got four, five, six seven guys that are just in sync together," Wittman said after beating the New Orleans Pelicans 102-96. "It started defensively for us. In that stretch in the fist half I believe we had five stops in a row and we scored on all five possessions going down which kind of created the lead for us."
That's when the Wizards led 40-34 in that second quarter then got a free throw from Gortat, a jump hook for Jan Vesely, a layup from Ariza, a layup by Wall and a dunk from Vesely as the lead extended to 15 points.
Six players scored in double figures. Two players (Wall and Garrett Temple) had six assists. Four players made at least one three-pointer. Gorat had 14 rebounds. And the much-maligned bench added 31 points.