Jason Smith scored a career-high 20 points in a rare starting role and the New Orleans Hornets defeated Washington, 97-89, dropping the Wizards to 0-25 on the road.
Chris Paul had 15 points and nine assists and Trevor Ariza had 16 points for New Orleans, which snapped a two-game skid.
Smith was starting for center Emeka Okafor, whose left oblique muscle strain kept him out of action for the first time in 306 games. While the Hornets were without a starter averaging a double-double in points and rebounds, the 7-foot Smith, normally a reserve power forward, made up for it on the offensive end.
Nick Young scored 30 for Washington, which trailed by double digits most of the second half in losing its sixth straight overall.
Andray Blatche had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Kirk Hinrich added 10 points for the Wizards, who are four road losses from matching the 1992-93 Dallas Mavericks’ NBA worst 0-29 start on the road.
The Hornets led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter when David Andersen hit a jumper. The Wizards didn’t fold, though, responding with a quick 7-0 spurt capped by Hinrich’s layup as he was fouled to make it 85-75 with more than half the quarter left.
New Orleans then missed on its next possession, but Willie Green, who had 11 points, stole the ball from Hinrich and went the other way for a fastbreak layup. New Orleans was able maintain a double-digit lead until less than a minute remained.
David West and Marcus Thornton both scored 10 points for New Orleans, which outshot Washington, 48.6 percent (35 of 72) to 45.8 percent (33 of 72), and outrebounded the Wizards, 41-34.
Smith, who played 25 minutes, scored the Hornets’ first three baskets on a tip-in and two dunks. He had 10 of the Hornets’ first 16 points less than seven minutes into the game.
Trail Blazers 99, Spurs 86 — LaMarcus Aldridge had a career-high 40 points along with 11 rebounds as host Portland toppled NBA-leading San Antonio. Manu Ginobili had 14 points for the Spurs, who have lost only eight games this season.
Wesley Matthews added 21 points for the Blazers.