The game did not start the Wizards way as they only managed 11 first quarter points and found themselves trailing 22-11. The rest of the game was another story as they outscored the Hornets by 18 including a dominating 21-10 fourth quarter finish to get their first road win, 77-70.

The Wizards trailed by 12 points with under a minute to go in the first half when they proceeded to go on a 6-0 run with three point plays from Crawford and Beal to gain the momentum going into the half. However, it was short lived as the Hornets would push the lead back into double figures to begin the second half but the Wizards kept fighting back to close the gap to four by the end of the quarter. The team would finally take their first lead of the game on a Jordan Crawford layup with 9:11 to play in the game and would take the lead for good on a Crawford three with 5:09 to play. Crawford played the role of closer in this one as he had 11 points in the final 5:10 to seal the Wizards win.

Defense was the name of the game in this one as the Wizards held the Hornets to 32.5% shooting and the Wizards were only a little better at 32.9%. The Wizards were better from the stripe, shooting 78.3% (18/23) with the Hornets only shooting 63.6% (14/22). Crawford led all scorers with 26 points, Beal had 15 points and Nene had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Anderson led the Hornets with 17 points but all of them were in the first half, Davis had 13 points and 8 boards in his first game back from injury, and Rivers had 11 points.

The Wizards are back in action Wednesday night as they go for their second consecutive win on the road in Houston.

Jordan Crawford
Points: 26
Rebounds: 6
Assists: 4

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Points: Jordan Crawford - 26
Rebounds: Jordan Crawford - 10
Assists: Crawford and Beal - 4
Blocks: Singleton and Okafor - 2
Steals: 3 Tied - 1

On Game:

“After that first quarter, this game was kind of indicative of how our team is through injuries, through bad starts, through digging a hole and staying in the game, not giving up whether it be when we’re shooting, I think 20 percent and 11 points in the first quarter. We just kept our heads in (the game). We kept fighting and kept it close. I thought that was the key. Going into halftime, our guys felt good. We were down by seven or six at the half, and we hadn’t really played well at all, so we said ‘Hey, it’s going to click offensively’. We just have to keep our defense going.’ Our defense was really good again tonight and won the game for us obviously. I’m really proud of our guys.”

On Guard Jordan Crawford’s performance:

“It was good. Early on, again, the first time kind of starting there and you could see him thinking, it’s going to be a little bit of a process. How we have to get going at the start of games and everybody clutching the ball, the movement and stuff, he second guessed a little bit, but I knew that was going to happen. That’s something that will come along, but I thought he came down the stretch and really made some big shots.”
On Game:

“Mek [Emeka Okafor] was our anchor on the defensive end and I wanted to do anything to take the win – it didn’t matter how many shots I shot – I just wanted to take the win.

On starting as point guard:

“It was different to play the point in the beginning of the game. Once I got into the game and noticed what the team needed, I got comfortable. We were stuck on 65, they were stuck on 65, I just wanted to hit that shot to break the ice. At the end of the game I was tired and starting to think about tomorrow – we have one then too.”
On Game:

“It feels good to get a win in general. We’ll take them however we can get them. First quarter was the first quarter – we still had three quarters to play. “It’s business (coming back to New Orleans for the first time). Just trying to get the win.”

On Jordan Crawford’s play:

“He provided one heck of a spark. He hit threes, twos, free throws, anything possible to keep us in it. He’s a big reason why we won.”