John Wall drove the lane, found Nene open and he slammed it home with under a second to go to give the Wizards their first true game winner of the year and a 94-93 victory over the Pelicans. Nene tied his career high with 30 points on 13/19 shooting and really carried the Wizards offense on a night when Beal and Wall struggled from the field for the most part. Wall was great when it counted late though, hitting a really tough layup with 25 seconds to go and then creating the game- winner for Nene. The Pelicans held a slim lead for just about the entire fourth quarter and led by four with about 2:35 to go when the fun got started. First, Nene got a steal off of a bad pass by Brian Roberts which led to a fast break bucket for Wall. Then the Wizards forced Gordon into a bad shot and Gortat got an easy finish on the other end. After a couple of empty possessions, Gordon made a couple of free throws and Nene followed that up by making 1/2 free throws, which left the Wizards down by one. The Wizards would get another stop, which was a theme down the stretch as the Pelicans didn't score a field goal in the final five minutes. That was when Wall hit his athletic layup with 25 seconds to go to put the Wizards ahead for the first time since the 10:37 mark of the fourth. The Pelicans, down by one, elected to run the clock down and play for the win. Nene fouled Davis with about seven seconds to play and Davis hit both of his free throws to put the Pelicans up one. That was when Wall and Nene's heroics occurred at the buzzer.
Nene and Gortat controlled the game for the Wizards in the paint, scoring 46 of the Wizards 94 points. The Wizards as a team shot 48.6% from the field, in large part due to Nene and Gortat combining to shoot 19/28. Gortat had a double-double, finishing with 16 points and 10 boards. Wall only finished with 10 points on 4/9 shooting, but added 12 assists and five boards. Webster chipped in 12 points off the bench including a huge four point play when the Wizards trailed by five in the fourth quarter and he had all three of the Wizards' hits from long distance. In his Wizards' debut, Andre Miller finished with five points, three boards and three assists in 16 minutes of work. For the Pelicans, Anthony Davis starred, battling Nene and Gortat all night to the tune of 26 points and 11 boards. The Wizards now sit at 27-28 and now head to Cleveland to take on the Cavs tomorrow. - Jacob Raim
The Wizards head to the halftime locker room tied up with the Pelicans, 43-43. Despite the Wizards hot start, shooting 7-8 from the field, it has been a very close first half of basketball. Nene, who had a posterizing dunk in the first quarter, has 12 points on 6-8 from the field and five rebounds. Marcin Gortat, who has one of the toughest match ups of the night against the talented Anthony Davis, added nine points and six rebounds. John Wall has been quiet on the scoring side, with three points, but has done a good job spreading the ball to his teammates and has five assists. Andre Miller, who's making his Wizards debut, played just about 7:30 minutes in the first half, scoring two points, and two assists, including a very savvy pass to Kevin Seraphin for a slam dunk.
For the Pelicans, Anthony Davis leads with 14 points and five rebounds. Anthony Morrow has eight points off the bench, and scorer Eric Gordon is held to just five points. - Brad Bobrow
Back at Verizon Center tonight as we welcome the New Orleans Pelicans to town for their one and only trip to DC of the season.
The Wizards went to New Orleans and beat these Pelicans back in January and will look for the season sweep tonight.
The good news out of Randy Wittman's pregame availability was that veteran forward Al Harrington will be active tonight. He has not played since November 12th in Dallas. It sounds like he won't play a ton of minutes, but even having him in a limited role should go a long way in helping the Wizards second unit.
And Harrington won't be the eldest Wizard anymore, as that title now belongs to the newest Wizard Andre Miller. The Wizards traded for Miler on Thursday and he's expected to make his debut tonight. He hasn't played since early January, so we'll have to see how many minutes he gets backing up John Wall tonight.
It will be interesting to see how this new Wizards second unit comes together with these veterans now expected to join some of the younger reserves.
The action kicks off at 7pm from Verizon Center. We'll be live chatting throughout so join us on WashingtonWizards.com.