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Nick Young had 20 points off the bench for the Wizards, and Randy Foye whose playing time has been minimal in the last month recorded 13 points and a team-high four assists off the bench, with all of his points and all but one assist coming in the second half.

But Foye said afterwards, “I’d rather watch from the bench and [see] us win than score a lot and us lose.” Saunders was left once again to be frustrated over his players failing to execute the gameplan and as a result suffer another defeat.

“You can come up with excuses every night, why not to play,” Saunders said. “It’s a back-to-back, we’ve been on the road for eight [days], it’s the last game of the road trip. If you want to even be an average team, those thoughts can’t enter your mind. It’s almost as though the last thing we wanted to do was to be out there tonight. It’s pretty much unacceptable.”

The Wizards on Tuesday play their first home game in 10 days when the Philadelphia 76ers come to town.