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His voice rising a few octaves, pleading for more of his role players to assert themselves after the Wizards' last loss, coach Randy Wittman's prayers were answered in their latest win.
The type of game the Wizards won Friday night, 110-107 vs. the Charlotte Hornets, is exactly the kind of game they've been losing more often than not.
For the second game in a row, John Wall pulled up to hit a jump shot to tie the score for the Wizards in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter to send the Verizon Center crowd in a frenzy.
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