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Wizards looking to make it four victories in a row

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Sports,NBA,Wizards,Craig Stouffer
Last winning streak that long was in 2007

There's no question at this point that Nene provides the Wizards with a different presence when he's healthy.

He showed that again Saturday in his second game back after missing 10 with plantar fasciitis, scoring the game-winning layup in Washington's 86-84 win at Miami.

"That's the reason we back to play these games because I need to know my teammates a little bit more," said Nene, who has come off the bench to score in double digits in each game.

Up next
Bobcats at Wizards
When » Monday, 7 p.m.
Where » Verizon Center
TV » CSN

The victory also clinched another bright April for Washington, giving the Wizards (17-46) a three-game winning streak in the month for the second straight year, even if it has little impact on how they finish the season.

It has been four and a half years since Washington won four games in a row (Dec. 9-15, 2007), but there may not be a better chance to reach that mark than when Charlotte visits Monday. The Wizards have won all three of the teams' meetings this season, including on the road earlier this month by 28 points.

After losing to the Kings on Sunday, the Bobcats dropped to 7-56 for the season, decreasing their winning percentage to .111. Should Charlotte lose its final three games of the year, it will finish with a worse percentage than the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who were 9-73 (.110).

The Wizards, who have won five of their last seven games, toppled a Miami Heat team Saturday that lost Dwyane Wade early to a dislocated finger and played without LeBron James and Chris Bosh, who were being rested. Washington is one of three teams, along with Houston and Portland, that have beaten Miami, Chicago, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

"They've fought all year long," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "That's kind of been their persona. That's a good trait to have, that of a battler."

Wittman isn't sure whether Nene's best position in the future is at power forward or center, but Wizards guard John Wall, who delivered Saturday's game-winning pass, said Nene's presence has helped all over the court.

"He's just a big man that knows where to be," Wall said. "He knows the spots. He just makes it easy for you, posts up and can pass.

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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