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The Wizards battled back from another double-digit second-half deficit, but again came up just short in the end and fell 107-101 to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.

A closely contested first quarter had the Wizards down just four after Q1, but the Mavs would open up their lead in the 2nd and take an 18 point lead into the half.

The Wiz saw themselves down 18 heading into the fourth quarter and the game seemed to be out of reach, but the second unit, led by Jordan Crawford, Kevin Seraphin, and Cartier Martin came into the game and sparked a comeback that had the Wizards within one possession late in the game. The team had a chance to tie with under two minutes to play, but Jannero Pargo’s three-point attempt clanked off the rim and that would seal the Wizards fate.

Crawford led the team with 21, Seraphin finished with 16, and Martin added 14 points off the bench.

A hard fought effort for a team searching for their first win of the season. The Wizards will return home and host the Utah Jazz on Saturday night at Verizon Center.


Martell Webster
Points: 8
Assists: 1
Rebounds: 4

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Points: Jordan Crawford - 21
Rebounds: Trevor Booker - 6
Assists: Jordan Crawford - 7
Blocks: Emeka Okafor - 2
Steals: Trevor Ariza - 2

Wittman on Crawford:

“We played him both at the 1 and 2, and I thought he did a nice job. Had 7 assists, lead us in assists, [and] A.J. [Price] went down and that group brought us back, so we rode them. Janero [Pargo] came in and gave us a big lift [after] sitting there all game. Cartier [Martin] sat there the first three to three-and-a-half quarters and comes in and played big for us. So, we’ve just got to keep fighting, and not get discouraged. But it’s hard sometimes not to get discouraged.”

On start of game:

“Again, we’ve got to throw the ball inside first. And sometimes we don’t ever look to explore that. So, I’ve only got 7 timeouts. I can’t call a timeout and draw every play up. We’ve got to learn that in the course of the game. Now we made half of them [three-pointers] tonight, and you shoot more of those when you’re playing like that. But, again, I thought the big key was getting the ball to Kevin [Seraphin]. He gave us a big lift down there. And just learn from it and keep going. We’ve got to go back to D.C. tonight, got two days to go to work, and get ready for the next one.”