With the game on the line, none of it mattered. Not the speculation mounting about the future of Coach Randy Wittman, not the players-only meeting earlier in the day in which they hashed out their differences, and not even their previous struggles in finishing games.

The Washington Wizards needed to find away to finish, and no amount of talking would suffice. And with the team trailing by one point, John Wall flipped a pass to Martell Webster and he buried a go-ahead three-pointer that pushed the Wizards to a 104-100 victory at Verizon Center. The victory snapped a season-high four-game losing streak and allowed the Wizards to finally exhale from a challenging period.

Wall has been struggling with his shot in recent weeks, but Wittman reminded him that he can impact the game in more ways than just his scoring. Wall responded by matching his career-high with 16 assists, getting his teammates involved and keeping the Timberwolves on their heels. He scored 14 points, including a huge jumper in the final 90 seconds.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 25 points and Webster, playing against the team that cut him two summers ago, made a season-high five three-pointers and finished with 17 points.

After missing a free throw that could’ve won the previous game against Cleveland, Nene secured the victory with two free throws with 6.5 seconds remaining. Nene finished with 20 points and did a solid job in helping to hold Timberwolves all-star forward Kevin Love to just one point on 0-for-4 shooting in the fourth quarter.

Wall denied that the Wizards (3-7) were struggling with the pressures of playoff expectations, but the losing was beginning to wear on the players. Veterans Trevor Ariza and Al Harrington are both sidelined with injuries, but they don’t want their teammates to lose focus of the task at hand as they seek to rebound from their underachieving start.

Before the team’s morning shootaround, Ariza and Harrington organized a players-only meeting to discuss what needed to be done to turn around the season. They cleared the air and the end result was the team showing better ball movement and maturity. Washington had 31 assists on its 41 field goals and claimed its second win against a team that had a winning record when they played.

The Wizards welcomed back some old friends in former coach Flip Saunders and former executive Milt Newton. Saunders, the longtime Timberwolves coach who led the team to the Western Conference finals in 2004, is back with the organization as its president of basketball operations. He hired away Newton in September and they have assembled a team that has gotten off to a solid start behind all-star Love and Ricky Rubio, whom the Timberwolves drafted with the fifth overall pick they acquired from the Wizards in a 2009 trade involving Mike Miller and Randy Foye.

Wittman said he no longer has “fuzzy feelings” when he faces the Timberwolves, the team he coached for parts of three seasons. He also maintains his offseason home in suburban Minneapolis after spending several seasons as an assistant under Saunders and Dwane Casey.

Love once played for Wittman, who dissuaded him from shooting three-pointers as a rookie. Since Wittman has moved on, Love has emerged as an all-star with the three-pointer serving as one of his many offensive weapons. When asked about how much his game has grown since his first season, Love said: “I’m past that now. That was a long time ago.”