Playing for the second time in as many nights, the Wizards (13-26) never trailed in the second half but had to blunt several late pushes to win for the just the third time in 12 games. The victory was not in hand until Antawn Jamison made an 18-footer with 53 seconds to play for a 90-84 lead, and the Kings had to foul the rest of the way. "I'll be honest, I don't know if any of us even had a chance to think about that with all the events that have happened over the last three weeks," Saunders said of his milestone. "This whole three weeks has been kind of a surreal situation."
To survive and succeed against the Kings, Saunders knew he would need help from his bench. The Wizards did not return home until early Saturday morning after Friday’s energy zapping double overtime loss to the Bulls in Chicago. "We challenged them prior to the game. In my pre-game talk I told the players ‘if you’re not going to play hard, there’s no guarantee you’ll play," Saunders said "There’s no entitlement. I think because of that they went out there with the idea of playing hard and reckless, and if they don’t think about results, good results happen."
Washington won for just the second time in seven tries since Arenas was suspended indefinitely by the NBA. Five Wizards scored in double figures, with Caron Butler's 19 points a team high. Brendan Haywood became the latest big man to punish the Kings inside with 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Javale McGee got his second straight DNP coaches decision in Chicago and had logged only 26 minutes in eight games this month; but Saunders gave him a chance and McGee got his money’s worth. McGee blocked four shots and snagged three boards in just over nine minutes in the 2nd quarter. The only person in the building happier to see this than Saunders was Pam McGee aka Momma McGee who arose from her seat behind the basket every time Javale touched the ball.
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we saw the "I cant feel my face" from Deshawn. Some things just feel good!