Rejoice! The Washington Wizards snapped their incredible 12-game losing streak to start the season, taking down the visiting Portland Trailblazers in a close one last night. Per the WaPo: “For the first time, the Wizards were the team needing to hold off a spunky opponent making a late run. For the first time, they were the team that made a timely basket. For the first time, they were the team that made pressure-filled free throws in the final seconds. And for the first time, the Wizards were victorious in the 2012-13 season. The Wizards didn’t uncork several weeks of pent-up frustration and agitation and unleash a spanking on the Portland Trail Blazers. They built a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead, lost it, got it back and made an 84-82 win slightly more difficult than in probably should’ve been. But how else was it supposed to go for a team that had discovered almost every which way to lose though the first month? ‘We made it interesting, but we won,’ Coach Randy Wittman said. ‘That’s the most important thing.’ And that’s all that mattered for a team that has led the league in moral victories and gut-punching defeats. They’ve lost a game in which they held a lead after time expired. They’ve lost after blowing double-digit leads. They’ve lost in overtime three times. They’ve been smoked off the court twice. The Wizards had to deal with the embarrassment of becoming the 11th team in NBA history to lose its first 12 games and being on butt of numerous jokes.”
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