It's over! It took all month but the Wizards finally won a game. The March of Death ended tonight with a 96-91 road victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Washington [22-52] led virtually the entire game and ran up a 13-point advantage in the 4th quarter before squandering almost all of it in a flurry of turnovers and non-existent defensive rebounding. In the end, though, Washington's 56% shooting from the field was too much for the Hornets to overcome.
Mike Miller, who has struggled mightily with his shooting and defense recently, led the way with 27 points [9-14 shooting] and 7 rebounds. Andray Blatche scored 23 points on 10-17 shooting, but somehow managed to grab only 1 rebound in over 38 minutes of play. But it was Shaun Livingston who made a huge difference in what was easily his best game of the season. Livingston scored 18 points on 8-10 shooting and dished 8 assists. He almost collapsed late in the 4th quarter against the New Orleans full court press, but made two critical free throws with less than a minute to play to essentially claim the win. Javale McGee came off the bench for 13-and-half minutes and scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked 2 shots.
Livingston showed the ability to penetrate into the paint and post up smaller guards like Chris Paul and Darren Collison. I don't see Livingston as the long-term solution at the point, but he could be part of the solution. Considering all the horrible injuries and bad luck Livingston has suffered during his brief career, it's nice to see him have even a small bit of success. Let's hope he's around next year.
Player of the Game: Mike Miller