The road issues have been solved, at least for now, with the Wizards trampling the Atlanta Hawks by 26 points and on their way to New Orleans for a game Sunday.
They cleaned up a lot of the mess they created for themselves on Oct. 27, the regular-season opener for both teams, when Dennis Schroder lived inside the paint and Dwight Howard dominated rebounding.
Friday, Schroder was 3-for-11 for nine points with four turnovers. Howard had 12 points and 13 rebounds, but most of his scoring came after halftime when the outcome was clear. It marked the Wizards' third win in their last four away games.
"We did a great job of keeping their guys out the paint," Wizards point guard John Wall said. "Everybody was into the ball. ... Challenged every shot, just about."
The Hawks were limited to 30 points in the lane (14 fewer than Oct. 27) and were outrebounded 52-41 (they won this category 52-40 on Oct. 27)
Then everyone not named Wall and Bradley Beal made their shots. Marcin Gortat was 7-for-8, Otto Porter 7-for-11, Tomas Satoransky 4-for-5 and Trey Burke 4-for-7.
"A lot of teams are going to double-team me and Brad or trap us in pick-and-roll situations," Wall said. "We just try to make the right plays."
Coach Scott Brooks has been pleased that his preaching of spacing since training camp has gotten through.
"Everybody touched the ball," he said. "Everybody was getting good looks."
Reserves tend to play better at home than away, but in the last four road games: Burke is 11-for-17 shooting with 10 assists; Satoransky is 5-for-7; Smith is 15-for-23 with 16 rebounds; and Kelly Oubre was 12-for-20 before he went 2-for-11 Friday, but he has 10 rebounds and six steals.