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.