Wizards lose but what a thrill at the Verizon Center

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- #DCRising took on a life of its own on Sunday when fans of the Wizards came out in full support of their team.

"I really just came out to show my support for the team and paint John Wall," says Crosby. Crosby set up shop outside of the Verizon Center Sunday afternoon to paint the team's leader. "I'm just throwing it together, nothing big. I don't have any solid direction, just free-styling as I go," says Kaliq Crosby, a painter with Kaliq Customs.

Fans of the Wizards filled the streets of Northwest hours before the Wizards were set to play Indiana.

Bands were set up on street corners, The Brass Connection helping to rally the fans.

"We are going to rise up! We are going to take this serious. We are going to start today," says one fan.

Some fans decided to watch the game in a place that is quintessential Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian. The game was shown in high-def on the big screen outside of the Verizon Center.

"It's a fun place to hang out. I think it's nice of the Wizards to put it on the screen," says Ann Wilcox. "Sports in general sometimes take a backseat to politics, so if the Wizards do well or the Redskins do well it is pretty exciting."

A city all too often divided by politics, was united for the love of the game Sunday night. "We are definitely going to win. We have to rebound after the last game. I have faith in them. We are going to win," says another fan.


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