Following their most lopsided defeat of the season to close a rough road trip, the Washington Wizards return to the Verizon Center looking to avoid their first four-game home losing streak of 2009-10.
The Wizards host a Philadelphia 76ers team opening a six-game trip Tuesday night.
The Wizards (8-17) snapped a six-game skid with a 118-109 victory over Golden State on Friday, but went on to finish a 1-3 trip with a 121-95 loss to Phoenix on Saturday.
The defeat was Washington’s worst since its last visit to Phoenix - a 128-96 loss March 21.
“It was like the last thing we wanted tonight was to be out there, as far as how we played,” said Wizards coach Flip Saunders, whose team shot 36.4 percent from the field and trailed by as many as 33 in the third quarter. “It was extremely disappointing and pretty much unacceptable.”
Washington has been more competitive at home, but still dropped its last three there by a combined five points. The Wizards have lost seven of eight overall.
In the 76ers’ last visit to the nation’s capital, the Wizards won 108-107 on Nov. 24 - just hours after team owner Abe Pollin died.
Williams also broke his jaw in that matchup and missed the next 12 games. In his first game back after surgery, he scored six points off the bench in a 112-107 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
“We relied on the best player to make the play,” said coach Eddie Jordan, who will make his second visit to the Verizon Center since being fired by Washington last season. “Unfortunately, it was about a tenth of a second too late.”
Washington, which last dropped four in a row at home from Dec. 11-21 of last season, opens a three-game trip Wednesday against Milwaukee.