Nene played 18 minutes and had eight points and eight rebounds in Friday's win, but Kris Humphries has played extremely well in his absence.
Paul Pierce knows about contending teams and championship winners. With a 13-5 record, Pierce recognizes similarities between these Wizards and those teams.
The Wizards have a four-game winning streak with back-to-backs vs. the Celtics coming up, and they can put some real distance between themselves and the rest of the Southeast Division.
John Wall has 47 assists in Wizards' four home games, all wins, and coach Randy Wittman is singing his praises for setting the tone at both ends.
The Wizards won their most lopsided game of the season with Kris Humphries' 20 points leading six players scoring in double figures in beating the Nuggets 119-89 on Friday night.