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By-the-numbers look at the Wizards' hot start and continued dominance at home

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By-the-numbers look at the Wizards' hot start and continued dominance at home

The Wizards are off to a strong 4-2 start through six games of the 2017-18 NBA regular-season schedule.

While there the season is still in its infancy, here are some numbers and notes to help define just how the Wizards got off to such a fast start.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

4

The Wizards' four wins matches their best start through six games since 2005-06. They were also 4-2 to begin the 2014-15 season. Believe it or not, only four times since 1990 have the Wizards won four of their first six games.

670

The Wizards have 670 points through six games, the most they've had in the first six games of a season since 1977-78. Last season the Wizards had just 592 points after six games and were 1-5.

16

Otto Porter's tied for the NBA lead with 2.7 steals per game. He is just the third Wizards player to have at least 16 steals through six games since 1995-96. The others were John Wall in 2010-11 (19 steals) and Caron Butler in 2006-07 (18).

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88

Marcin Gortat has started 88 straight games without missing a game, the fourth-longest such streak. The three players ahead of him are all Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague.

5

This streak ended with Sunday's blowout win over the Kings, but the Wizards' began the season with five straight games decided by five points or less. They were just the second team in NBA history to do that, matching the Michael Jordan-led 1992-93 Chicago Bulls.

47

The Wizards are 47-23 since Dec. 4, 2016, the best record in the Eastern Conference in that span. That 47-23 mark breaks out to a .671 win percentage which would be good for 55 wins over a full season. 

25

Only two teams have more home wins than the Wizards since Dec. 8, 2016 when their streak of 17 straight home victories began. The Wizards are 2-0 at Capital One Arena to begin this season with seven of their next nine at home.

42

Bradley Beal's ejection on Friday night helped end his streak of 42 straight games with at least one three-pointer. It was the second-longest such streak in franchise history behind Gilbert Arenas, who hit threes in 53 straight games back in 2005.

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

On a roll

The Wizards have some serious momentum going right now. With an impressive win over the Cavs on Thursday, they have now won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall went down with a left knee injury. They had a week off due to the All-Star break, but didn't show any rust at all in their first game back.

The Wizards are now 34-24, 10 games above the .500 mark. They are fourth in the East and could move into third on Friday if they win and the Cavaliers lose. Even with Wall out, things continue to look up for Washington.

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Hornets have had their number

The Wizards haven't done so well against the Hornets so far this season. Charlotte has taken both meetings and that includes a 24-point win on Jan. 17. That game featured Dwight Howard taunting the Wizards late in the fourth quarter.

Howard has killed the Wizards through two games with averages of 22.0 points and 14.0 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb (20.0 ppg vs. Wizards) has been a big factor as well as All-Star Kemba Walker (21.5 ppg vs. Wizards).

The last time these teams played about a month ago frustrations boiled over in an incident that got Tim Frazier ejected. Michael Carter-Williams picked a fight with Jason Smith and Frazier went off:

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Hornets coming in hot

The Hornets are outside the playoff picture at the moment at eight games below .500, but they have won two straight games and Walker and Howard are coming off huge games. In a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Walker dropped 31 points and Howard grabbed 24 rebounds.

Those guys will be riding a high coming into Washington on Friday. But it should be noted that Howard complained after the game how tired he is at this point in the season. That exhausion could affect him more in the second game of a back-to-back.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 110-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night...

1. The Wizards didn't start out well, as they trailed by nine points at the end of the first quarter. Kelly Oubre, Jr. stumbled early by missing four of his first six shots and it looked like a carryover of his slump before the All-Star break.

But Oubre got hot in the second quarter and helped the Wizards turn the game around. This was one of his best plays, a two-handed slam that he celebrated with an emphatic scream to the crowd:

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2. Tomas Satoransky was one of the stars of the game. He had 17 points to go along with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. 

Here's one of his dimes, a perfect alley-oop lob to Markieff Morris, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds:

3. Satoransky has reached double-figures in six of the 10 games since John Wall went out with an injury. This was a very impressive move, a stepback fadeaway that was super smooth:

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4. Ian Mahinmi made some key contributions including four offensive rebounds and a steal. This was his best basket, a powerful slam that came at a key time:

5. This play helped seal the victory. It was a smart after-timeout set drawn up by head coach Scott Brooks and it worked to perfection:

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