Much maligned and criticized for their struggles, the 7-22 Wizards are starting to muffle some of the skeptics by showing real growth as a team after winning back-to-back road games for the first time in four years with the 124-109 win at Portland Tuesday night.
"That's as really as complete a game as we have played obviously this year and you know going back," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. Wittman is now 5-7 after replacing Flip Saunders in late January.
The Wizards have already matched the win total on the road from last season when they were 3-38.
"We have first-and second-year guys that now understand that you have to continue to attack and not worry about what the other team does so much," Wittman said.
Nick Young scored a season-high 35 points, John Wall added 29 points and 9 assists as the Wizards were just scorching shooting the ball. Young, Wall and Jordan Crawford combined to make 31 of 47 shots from the field -- 9-for-13 on 3-pointers. Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points for D.C.
"Our guys were in tune. We moved the ball as well as we've moved it. We shot the heck out of it," Wittman said.
Can the Wizards handle prosperity going forward? In the past they have not been able to follow up a big win with another win. Another chance awaits the Wizards at the L.A. Clippers Wednesday night.
"It's a growth process," Wittman said.