Washington Wizards

Greg Smith of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Kevin Seraphin and Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Center on December 30, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Ellis Leads Mavericks to 114-87 Rout of Wizards

Monta Ellis had no question he would play Tuesday night.

12/31/2014

Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against the Dallas Mavericks during the game on November 19, 2014. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Beal, Pierce help Wizards hold off Rockets 104-103

With his team under constant assault down the stretch Monday night, Bradley Beal did what needed to be done: He played with confidence.

12/30/2014

Kris Humphries #43 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during the game on December 27, 2014 at Verizon Center in Washington, District of Columbia. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Humphries, Pierce Lead Wizards Over Boston, 101-88

Earlier this month, the Washington Wizards frittered away a 23-point lead against the Boston Celtics but hung on for a grueling double-overtime win.

12/28/2014

John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards calls a play during a game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 25, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

VIDEO: John Wall, Wizards Outclass Knicks, 102-91

John Wall had 24 points and 11 assists, eluding the Knicks all day until getting knocked to the floor by a flagrant foul that sparked an altercation, and the Washington Wizards beat New York 102-91 on Thursday.

12/25/2014

John Wall of the Washington Wizards puts up a shot between E'Twaun Moore and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls during the second half of the Bulls 99-91 win at Verizon Center on December 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

John Wall vs. Derrick Rose Proved Well Worth Nearly Three-Year Wait

While the Wizards lost, 99-91, John Wall and Derrick Rose traded blows like titans, proving their matchup was well worth the nearly three-year wait.

12/24/2014

Derek Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot against the Washington Wizards on December 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Rose’s 25 Lead Bulls Over Wizards, 99-91

Derrick Rose scored 25 points and Pau Gasol had 18 as the Chicago Bulls won their fourth straight, beating the Washington Wizards 99-91 on Tuesday night.

12/23/2014

Isaiah Thomas drives to the basket against Otto Porter Jr. during the game on December 21, 2014 at Verizon Center in Washington, District of Columbia. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Suns End Wizards’ 6-Game Winning Streak

Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek got the killer instinct he was looking for.

12/22/2014

John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards reacts to a late fourth quarter 3 pointer during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 19, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Wizards Rally Down Stretch, Top Heat 105-103

One of the biggest reasons why Paul Pierce decided to join the Washington Wizards was because he thought they could be a contender if they learned how to finish games.

12/20/2014

John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 16, 2014 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

John Wall: Team USA ‘Left Two of the Best Young Guys in the League Off the Team’

John Wall has had plenty of bulletin board material to propel him to new heights this season, starting with being cut from Team USA. His goal, he says, it to “let them know they left two of the best young guys in the league off the team.”

12/17/2014

Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins is carted off the field after being injured in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField on September 14, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Vote: The Top 10 D.C. Sports Stories of 2014

2014 has seen the rise and fall of some of our most heroic athletes in the nation’s capital. Through all the cheers, bitten finger nails and tears, help us pick the absolute BEST D.C. sports stories of the year.

12/15/2014

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