As reported by Tom Knott in The Washington Times, Juan Dixon led a spirited surge at the outset of the fourth quarter as forward Antawn Jamison scored 29 points during to game to bring the Wizards to victory.
Dixon scored nine points during a 19-4 run in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer that gave his team a 93-82 lead with 4:59 left, and the Wizards finally avoided relinquishing a lead in the final 12 minutes. Jamison, helping compensate for the absence of an injured Caron Butler (ankle), led the Wizards with 29 points and five rebounds. Andray Blatche had 19 points and 15 rebounds.
The Wizards raised their record to 5-23, but they may not have been in a celebratory mood after making a different kind of record: being one of two NBA teams with a combined worse record.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there has never been an NBA game matching teams with individually lower winning percentages — .100 for Oklahoma City and .148 for Washington — and each squad having played at least 25 games.
The worst record of any NBA team belongs to the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers. Like the Thunder, they had a 3-27 record through 30 games and finished 9-73. The 76ers didn't win their fourth game until the 42nd game on the schedule.
The Wizards will face back-to-back road dates with the Rockets and Hornets, followed by a visit to Boston and a home game with the Cavaliers.
Notes from the Associated Press: Thunder F Nick Collison missed his third straight game with a fractured left thumb. He's day-to-day, according to Brooks. ... Washington F Oleksiy Pecherov, who's played just five games this season, was out with the flu. ... Since the Wizards had the maximum three players on the inactive list, Butler was not on it. ... Washington has beaten the Oklahoma City franchise five straight times and won six consecutive at home. ... Wizards G Mike James had a season-high 11 assists.