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“He’s probably in a better place,” Haywood said. “It was tough for me to see him because when I came [to the Wizards], Mr. Pollin was walking around, driving himself to work. He used to do laps around the arena for exercise. So to see him the last couple years, I knew that wasn’t who he was. I just remember him in the best of times and just wish his family the best.”

Though blindsided by the loss of a man whom many described as a father figure, the Wizards honored Pollin with a 108-107 victory.

“It’s always tough to see someone go away that has blessed you and was there for you and did so much for this organization and this community,” center Andray Blatche said before the game. “It’s a very tough loss for us, so obviously we want to come out here tonight and get a win for him and dedicate the rest of this season to him. Hopefully we turn it around and get things going right.”