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Washington 122 - Seattle 121 (Wizards 108 - Sonics 86)

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Highest Plus/Minus: Caron Butler (+29)
Lowest Plus/Minus: Andray Blatche (-12)

If this were soccer and the two Washington vs. Seattle games this weekend were played by aggregate score, Johan Petro's missed free throw with 8 seconds left would've been the point that would've tied the the score at 122.  But alas, it wasn't to be.  So at least D.C. fans can take solace in the fact that when you add the scores from both games together that Washington the city > Washington the state.

Way to step it up in the clutch, Johan.
(Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

I mentioned in the game thread that the key for tonight's game was to make sure that the Wizards limited the open three point shots.  Well, three quarters out of four ain't bad.  Other than a terrible second quarter where Wally Sczerbiak scored 13 straight points (including 3 treys...he's pretty good at those) the Wiz did a better than average job limiting open looks. One thing I didn't see coming was Seattle's dominance on the glass.  Chris Wilcox averaged 16 boards against the Wizards last season, but I figured between Haywood's improvement and the fact that Wilcox was sitting this one out would be enough to turn the tide.  Unfortunately, I didn't realize that Nick Collison actually averages almost 2 rebounds more per 40 minutes than Wilcox.  That still doesn't excuse letting Collison get 17 rebounds, including 7 on the offensive end.

Hey Kevin, how about putting some mustard on that pass?
(Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Those are my only real quips, it was a quality win today against an overmatched opponent.  Daniels was able to do his thing, which allowed Caron to assert himself more in scoring and Antawn Jamison did his thing as always.  He should just change his number from 4 to 20-10, it's so automatic at this point that he'll get those numbers that it's probably more commonly associated with him than his jersey number.  It was a very confidence inspiring win, and the Wizards will need all the confidence (and points) they can get for their next four games: vs. Houston, @ Atlanta, vs. Boston, and @ Boston.

Yes, that's Roger Mason throwing down a dunk!  And you were probably busy watching Eli Manning when this happened.  How do you feel now?
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