Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour was sitting in front of his locker after Friday's game, head down, hands on his knees.

"This is tough," he said, shaking his head. "This stretch is really tough. We're just fading, and we have to try to stop this thing."

But how? After the Washington Wizards thrilled a far-below-capacity crowd at the Verizon Center with a stunning offensive display in a 114-101 victory, the question is how are the injury-riddled Wolves -- who have lost three straight and eight of nine -- going to stop the bleeding?

"We are going to see if we are a real good team," said Ricky Rubio, who had four points, six assists and five turnovers in 31 minutes. "We just have to improve, play more aggressive and try to win tomorrow."

It will take a quantum leap on defense.

The Wizards entered the game last in the league in scoring (90.9) and overall shooting (41.7 percent) and 25th in three-point shooting (33.9). Then they went out and shot 57.8 percent and went 8-for-17 on three-pointers, scoring the most points allowed by the Wolves this season. Six Washington players scored in double figures, including Jordan Crawford's 19 off the bench, 16 from Bradley Beal and 14 from John Wall.