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Updated Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 02:01 AM

Trail Blazers the victims of Wizards' first victory

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — After their worst start in history, the Washington Wizards became a national punch line. On TNT, Charles Barkley compared them with the Washington Generals, and a local newspaper had photos of fans wearing paper bags over their heads at Monday's 26-point loss to San Antonio.

The jokes can stop — at least for now.

Washington earned its first victory after starting the season with 12 straight losses, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 84-82 on Wednesday night.

Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum led Portland, losers of three straight, with 20 points apiece.

"Loss is a loss, but this one definitely stings knowing the team is 0-12. You never want to be the team they get the win on, but we were that team," J.J. Hickson said.


Al Jefferson had 19 points, Marvin Williams from Bremerton scored 16 before leaving with concussion symptoms, and the Utah Jazz won its second straight game, 96-84 over the host New Orleans Hornets.

Kevin Durant matched his season high with 37 points, and host Oklahoma City beat the Houston Rockets 120-98 in James Harden's first game back in Chesapeake Energy Arena since being traded by the Thunder before the season. Harden scored 17 points but was limited to 3-for-16 shooting.

Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Andray Blatche had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the host Boston Celtics 95-83 after Rajon Rondo was ejected following a fight. The Celtics point guard was tossed after he shoved Kris Humphries to retaliate for the Nets forward's hard foul against Kevin Garnett. Humphries and Brooklyn's Gerald Wallace also were ejected.

Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 assists, and the host Los Angeles Clippers welcomed Chauncey Billups back to the lineup for the first time this season with a 101-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

• The short-handed Dallas Mavericks will sign 16-year veteran point guard Derek Fisher on Thursday, coach Rick Carlisle said.

• Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio got the green light from doctors for full-contact practices, the last major hurdle he needed to clear in his recovery from torn ligaments in his left knee.

• Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake will be sidelined at least two more weeks with an abdominal strain. The Lakers assigned rookie center Robert Sacre from Gonzaga to the D-League's L.A. D-Fenders.


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