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Saturday, February 22nd (All times Eastern)

New Orleans Pelicans (23-31) at Washington Wizards (26-28), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards will unveil their new backup point guard Saturday night when they welcome the New Orleans Pelicans to the Verizon Center.

The Wizards acquired veteran Andre Miller from the Denver Nuggets on Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline day. It cost Washington underachieving Jan Vesely, underwhelming guard Eric Maynor and a future second-round draft pick.

"Andre is a proven veteran who brings 14 years of experience as a point guard, leader and distributor to solidify our second unit," said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. "He will be a valuable addition as we make our push over these last 28 games of the season to put ourselves in the best possible position."

The backup spot to All-Star John Wall has been lacking. Maynor never materialized as a viable option, so Miller, who fell out of favor with Denver coach Brian Shaw, will fill the void.

The Wizards halted a three-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 114-97 road drubbing of Southwest Division foes, the Atlanta Hawks.

Wall led seven Wizards in double figures with 21 points and 12 assists. Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal donated 19 points apiece for Washington, which led wire-to-wire and snapped an 11-game skid in Atlanta. Marcin Gortat added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.

"We needed it real bad, especially if we're trying to make a push," Ariza said. "This one was big for us, especially knowing we haven't won here in a while."

New Orleans has lost two in a row and four of its last five games, including Friday's 90-87 setback at Charlotte.

Brian Roberts (20), Anthony Davis (18) and Eric Gordon (14) finished in double figures, while Davis grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked four shots.

"We played against a pretty good team defensively and we scored 55 points on them in the second half. Our gameplan was sound when we executed it, we gave ourselves a chance to compete tonight," said Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.

The Pelicans have a tough stretch of games on the horizon against the Los Angeles Clippers twice, Dallas and Phoenix.

The Wizards bested the Pelicans in New Orleans on Jan. 8 and have taken four straight in the series. The Pelicans have won three of their last four trips to D.C.

02/22 10:37:02 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
 
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
Final
MIA 103
WAS 105
 
4th
MEM 86
CHI 92
 
4th
SAN 89
POR 84
 
Half
DEN 59
LAC 43
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
 
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
 
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
2nd
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
2nd
MARQ 53
ALAAM 24
 
2nd
TTU 35
ARKPB 26
 
2nd
DEN 50
COLST 51
 
2nd
CREI 48
TXPA 31
 
1st
CAL 6
EWASH 9
 
1st
UTST 9
IDST 2
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
 
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
3rd
WIN 2
BOS 1
 
2nd
CAL 0
DAL 1