WASHINGTON - Thirteen proved to be the Washington Wizards' lucky number Wednesday as they ended a season-opening 0-12 streak of futility with an 84-82 NBA victory over the Portland TrailBlazers.
Jordan Crawford scored 19 points for the Wizards, who squandered a 15-point fourth-quarter lead and were held scoreless for almost seven minutes before emerging with the narrow win.
A well-timed three-pointer from Crawford and a brace of free-throws by Emeka Okafor helped the Wizards avoid becoming the 10th team in NBA history to lose their first 13 games.
Okafor finished with six points, eight rebounds, three steals and a block.
Kevin Seraphin notched a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds and Trevor Ariza chipped in 15 points in the victory.
Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum led Portland with 20 points each.
The win came on the heels of a 118-92 thumping by San antonio, after which Washington's Martell Webster said all of the Wizards were "embarrassed" by their 0-12 start.
At least now the Wizards are spared the prospect of matching or surpassing the worst start in NBA history, the 0-18 start of the New Jersey Nets in 2009-10.
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