Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster co-led the Wizards with 24 points Monday in a 98-95 road victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The seven-year-pro went a blistering 8-for-11 from the field against his former team, including 4-for-5 from behind the three-point arc. Wizards teammate Jordan Crawford went an equally impressive 3-for-4 from downtown on his way to 13 points off the bench, including a buzzer-beater three-ball which gave Webster a season-high 6 assists on the night.
Tied 95-all with 3.6 seconds left in regulation, the Wizards had one final chance to hoist up a shot. Washington advanced the ball with a timeout and Webster in-bounded the ball to Crawford. Crawford made ample use of a screen, caught the ball behind the perimeter, took a step, and lined up a buzzer-beater.
Nene added as season-high 24 points of his own on 10-for-17 from the field shooting. He also achieved a season-high 4 steals, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Blazers forward Nicolas Batum achieved his first ever triple-double in defeat with 12 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds.
The 9-30 Wizards have won five of their last ten games after starting the season 4-25. Washington received a whopping 61 points from their starting forwards and center on a night in which rookie Bradley Beal and John Wall combined for only 8 points. Wall has yet to start this season but clocked more minutes Monday than starter A.J. Price, who added 4 points and 4 assists in the victory.
Washington will visit the Utah Jazz Wednesday (9:00 p.m. ET, CSN), then return home for a three-game stretch.