Washington held off a stirring fourth-quarter rally from the Atlanta Hawks to win 103-101 on Paul Pierce’s buzzer-beating jumper off the backboard.
Nene, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter top-scored for the Wiz with 17 points apiece as star man John Wall missed out with a broken hand.
Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder had 18 points each for Atlanta, Schroder with 12 in a fourth-quarter comeback that saw them come from 21 points behind to level the game before Pierce’s late shot.
Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol inspired Memphis to a 99-89 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Randolph top-scored with 22 points, with Gasol only one behind and adding 15 rebounds. League MVP Steph Curry led all scorers with 23 despite an unusually erratic night of shooting.