The Wizards have now lost 11 games by five points or less this season -- and five by two points or less. These losses have been deflating, but you have to commend Antawn Jamison for the incredible run that he has been on of late. He had 34 points with 18 rebounds, and in the games since Arenas was suspended, he is averaging 29.3 points and 9.7 rebounds with four double-doubles. Jamison, though, was only able to get four points in the the two overtime periods, with Luol Deng smothering him.
Brendan Haywood had 16 points and career-high 20 rebounds, but for the third time this season, he was on the wrong side of video replay review. Having already been called for fouls with less than one second remaining following reviews in losses to Indiana and Memphis, Haywood had to accept another call in the first overtime. With the Wizards leading 112-110, DeShawn Stevenson knocked the ball away from Rose with 25.5 seconds remaining. The official awarded the ball to the Wizards. Haywood knew the ball had bounced off his knee, but was hoping for some good fortune. "I don't need to be in any replays anymore," Haywood said. "When we went to replay, I knew it was their ball. I knew the ball went off my leg. When they stopped the play I thought, 'Hmmm. We're not going to get this.' "
Going forward the Wizards could still use more consistent production from their bench. Earl Boykins did provide a spark points with 8 points, but Young and Andray Blatche combined for only 6 points. Still it was a positive effort from a team that spent most of the week distracted and drained by the Arenas gun case.
Both Butler and Jamison logged over 55 minutes. But Jamison said Arenas’ problems had no bearing on the team’s efforts Friday night. "It doesn’t matter what’s going on off the court. It just matters what’s going on on the court," Jamison said.
Coach Vinny Del Negro said the Bulls ''always are looking for Derrick to attack.'' ''It opens a lot more things up than when we walk it up the court,'' Del Negro said. ''We are going to need all of these guys. ''We went shorter a lot of the time because I wanted to have Luol matched up with [Antawn] Jamison as much as I could. Washington is one of those teams that if those guys get the ball in the right spots, they are tough to stop.''
Rose's shot put the exclamation point on his career-high 37-point night that also featured nine rebounds and six assists. Just as important for a player who once hit a game-winning shot to lead Simeon to a state championship, it lifted a burden that Rose admitted weighed on him. "I missed a bunch (of game-winning shots) last year," Rose said. "For me to hit this one is telling me I came a long way.
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