WASHINGTON -- Jordan Crawford scored 27 points and the worst-in-the-NBA Washington Wizards showed they can still win a game every once in a while, breaking an eight-game losing streak Friday night with a 105-97 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Nene added season highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds and shot fourth-quarter free throws while hearing chants of "R-G-3!" -- the new equivalent of "M-V-P!" in a city where Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the new superstar -- as Washington won by its largest margin of the season.
The game represented one-quarter of the win total for the 4-23 Wizards, who have been stymied in part by the knee injury that has kept franchise player John Wall on the sidelines. Crawford's point total tied the high for any Washington player this season.