In the Trail Blazers’ locker room, Thomas Robinson stood next to a reporter and yelled to teammate Dorell Wright: “Dorell, which one of us is taller?”

Will Barton and Robinson sang a little and Damian Lillard did, too, as the Trail Blazers, as loose after a game as they’ve been in a while, celebrated their much-needed 116-103 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday at the Moda Center.

It wasn’t just the victory itself, which improved Portland to 45-24, but the way it came, with the Blazers regaining the unselfish brand of basketball that had been so crucial to their hot start to the 2013-14 season while also finding their seemingly waning three-point touch.

The Blazers need a three? Someone made one. A player had a good shot, but a teammate was more open? He made an extra pass. The pressure of the playoff chase? Sure, it was around, but the Blazers still had a great time playing the game.

“We just got back to what we were doing earlier in the year, when the ball was flying around, there was chatter going on in the locker room,” said guard Wesley Matthews, who led the Blazers with 28 points. “We had fun. It was fun out there tonight.”

The Blazers’ mojo returned at a crucial time. They were coming off two tough home games — a one-point loss to the No. 6 team in the Western Conference, Golden State, and a win over the team with worst record in the league, Milwaukee, that wasn’t secured until Portland won it in overtime.

Thursday's performance came against the Wizards (35-33), whose record is not good enough to make the playoffs out of the Western Conference but who are in the No. 6 spot in the East and beat the Blazers by 10 in Washington last month.

“It was huge, especially after the last two games,” forward Nicolas Batum said. “We won the last game, but we needed a good game before we go on the road.”