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Wizards’ Randy Wittman coached Saturday despite death of brother

Washington picked up a physical, hard-fought win against Houston Saturday night — the kind of win they need if the Wizards plan to climb back into the playoff race in the East.

Wizards’ coach Randy Wittman coached that game just hours after learning that his older brother had died.

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“Tough day,” said Wittman, who also endured the death of his coaching mentor, Flip Saunders, when he passed away suddenly earlier this season. “But he was here. He watched every game in a La-Z-Boy and he’s up in heaven watching it in a La-Z-Boy.

“Tough day but I’m proud of our guys. They fought tooth and nail for 48 minutes. Not every call went our way. Not every play was executed right but they fought and flew around for 48 minutes and came away with a win. I can’t be more proud of them and proud of my brother.”

Our thoughts are with the Wittman family in these tough times.