With their playoff hopes all but gone, the 12-35 Wizards are playing for pride the rest of this NBA season. The Wizards showed some resiliency, snapping that recent four-game losing skid by beating the L.A. Clippers, 98-90, Monday night at Verizon Center. With four games left before the all-star recess, the Wizards would love to head into the break on a positive note and it starts with the Knicks tonight back at Verizon Center.
"You have to make home a very difficult place for an opponent to win," Wizards guard Martell Webster said after the Clippers win. "We have to make home special."
The Wizards have done that lately, winning six of the last seven in their own backyard and for the season sport a 9-14 record at Verizon Center.
"We've been playing well at home," Wizards guard A.J. Price said. "We’ve just got to try and find some consistency on the road. Try to use whatever we're using at home and take some of it on the road and try to play the same way."
Away from D.C., the Wizards mark is an abysmal 3-21.
Even though the Wizards have the second worst record in the NBA, they can hang their hat on beating top divisional teams such as Oklahoma City, Miami and Chicago at home this season -- and they have a chance to beat another good one when the 31-15 Knicks visit tonight.
"Throughout the season we have played to the level of our competition," Webster said. "Normally, when we have a very tough opponent, we tend to play at a high level."