After being as many as six games below .500, the Wizards beat Orlando 94-82 on Monday to hit the break-even mark for the first time in two months.
Washington hasn’t been at .500 since it was 8-8 on Dec. 7, and hasn’t had a winning record since it was 5-4 on Nov. 19.
“If we thought that .500 was our ultimate goal, then there is nothing more to achieve. We really want to keep the momentum going,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. “The homestand is important for us. We have a good Golden State team coming in, so we now have to focus on that game.”
Washington is 2-0 on its five-game homestand and 10-4 in its last 14 games. The Wizards have been winning with defense and by protecting the ball.
The Wizards are allowing 98.7 points per game on 45.5 percent shooting for the season, but in their last 14 contests, they are giving up 91.0 points on 43.4 percent shooting.
Washington had just seven turnovers against the Magic and is averaging 13.1 turnovers in the past 14 contests.
Gilbert Arenas had 23 points and eight assists Monday, but shot just 6-of-24. In his last two games, Arenas has a combined 45 points on 14-of-43 from the field.
Antawn Jamison had 21 points and 11 rebounds against the Magic for his ninth double-double in his last 11 games. The former Warrior is averaging 13.3 points in six games against Golden State, his lowest scoring output against any opponent. Jamison is a career 19.2 points-per-game scorer.
The Wizards have won four straight at home and eight of their last 10 at the MCI Center, but have dropped three of their last four home games to the Warriors.
Golden State has won two straight and is coming off a 122-114 victory over Denver on Monday night. Jason Richardson paced the Warriors with 28 points, and has scored 51 points on 17-of-34 shooting in his last two games since missing four with a sore back.
Baron Davis had 23 points and 12 assists Monday, and said his ankle felt better the longer he played. Davis tweaked the ankle at the shootaround before Saturday’s win over Minnesota and played only 20 minutes, recording six assists, five rebounds and two points.
“I was moving a lot better than I expected before the game,” he said.
Warriors coach Mike Montgomery changed up his lineup against the Nuggets, having Mike Dunleavy come off the bench for the first time since Feb. 8, 2004. Dunleavy finished with 17 points, his most in eight games, and added eight rebounds.
Mickael Pietrus has started the last six games for the Warriors and is averaging 14.7 points, going 11-for-27 from 3-point range during that span.
While Golden State has won two in a row, it is 3-6 in its last nine games, with four of those losses coming by four points or less.
“We’re right there,” Davis said. “A lot of the time we’re right on the cusp of being what we can be as far as our talent and energy. It’s going to be our turn to start running off some wins. We’re playing a lot better basketball.”