Despite surviving forward Craig Smith's career-best 36 points, and a late surge in which the Timberwolves pulled within six, Washington pushed back with a late run of their own and strong defense, defeating Minnesota 102-88, the Washington Post reports. The victory also earned Washington a winning record for the season, a fitting reward for a decisive 4-1 homestand.
"We knew we had to make a run down the stretch. They don't get blown out, so we knew we would have to fight them off and we did that collectively as a team," said Brendan Haywood after the game. The forward's 11 points made him one of six Wizards to score in double digits for the second game in a row.