Washington, DC (Sports Network) - It took 13 games, but the Washington Wizards are no longer winless.
Jordan Crawford scored 19 points and the Wizards were able to overcome a fourth quarter collapse to defeat the Portland Trailblazers, 84-82, to earn their first win of the season.
While in the midst of blowing a 15-point fourth quarter lead, Washington was held scoreless for nearly seven minutes, but held on thanks to a timely 3- pointer from Crawford and a pair of free throws by Emeka Okafor to avoid becoming the 10th team in NBA history to lose its first 13 games.
Okafor finished with six points, eight rebounds, three steals and a block, while Kevin Seraphin tallied a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Trevor Ariza chipped in 15 points in the win.
The Trailblazers dropped their third straight contest of a seven game road trip. Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum led Portland with 20 points apiece, while J.J. Hickson contributed 15 points and a season-high 19 rebounds in the loss.