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Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards power forward Nene Hilario (42) defends in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 104-100. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Wittman's encouragment helps Wizards hang on vs. Timberwolves

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By Benjamin Standig, The Sports Xchange

Timberwolves 100  Wizards 104

WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman channeled Stuart Smalley late in his skidding team's must-win game.

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Former actor Al Franken brought the fictional Smalley and his daily affirmations to life on Saturday Night Live. Based on the outcome, Franken, now Minnesota's U.S Senator, probably did not appreciate Wittman's homage.

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