The Wizards had endured their worst-ever start to an NBA season but 19 points from Jordan Crawford helped them to an 84-82 win.
The Brooklyn Nets remain top of the Atlantic Division after winning a stormy encounter with the Boston Celtics.
Rajon Rondo, Kris Humphries and Gerrard Wallace were all ejected, however the Nets moved to 10-4 for the season with a 95-83 success.
Kevin Durant weighed in with 37 points to lead Oklahoma City Thunder to a 120-98 win over the Houston Rockets.
Patrick Patterson scored 27 points in a losing cause, with Omer Asik (17 points and 12 rebounds) also to the fore.
The Chicago Bulls recorded a 101-78 success against the Dallas Mavericks, with Great Britain's Luol Deng topped the scoring with 22 points.
The Memphis Grizzlies, claimed a third successive victory after seeing off the Toronto Raptors 103-82, while the New York Knicks claimed a convincing 102-88 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
There was a sixth successive win for the Atlanta Hawks, 94-91 over the Charlotte Bobcats, while Manu Ginobili's 20 points earned a 110-89 win for the San Antonio Spurs over the Orlando Magic.
The Phoenix Suns were well beaten 117-77 by the Detroit Pistons, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 101-95 and the Utah Jazz overcame the New Orleans Hornets 96-84.