Wednesday , Feb , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Washington Wizards Team Report – February 2

=== Washington Wizards Team Report – February 2 ===

(Sports Network) – The Wizards’ recent struggles continued on Tuesday
evening, as they fell 105-96 to the Detroit Pistons at the MCI Center.

Antawn Jamison netted 26 points and Gilbert Arenas delivered 21 along with
eight assists for the Wizards, who have lost three consecutive games for the
first time this season.

Jamison has been an excellent addition to the Wizards this season, averaging
20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest. Meanwhile, Arenas is pouring in 24.2
points per game while shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc.

Youngsters Jared Jeffries and Jarvis Hayes added 11 points apiece in the
losing effort. The Wizards shot 43 percent in the contest, including 8-of-21
(.381) from three-point range. Washington also hit 16-of-22 free throw

The Pistons outscored Washington 34-19 in the fourth quarter to fight back
from a five-point deficit to start the final stanza. The outcome was decided
via a 13-3 Detroit run which snapped an 85-85 tie with 5 1/2 minutes left.

Washington is really beginning to suffer from not having guard Larry Hughes in
the lineup, as he is out indefinitely with a thumb injury. Hughes was posting
21.2 points, six rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.8 steals per contest prior to
getting hurt.

The Wizards have slipped 5 1/2 games behind Eastern Conference and Southeast
Division-leading Miami. Washington (26-18) is fourth in the race for the
postseason in the East.

Washington will now have two days off to prepare for a trip to Toronto on
Friday night. The Wizards will then finish up their week against Milwaukee at
home on Saturday.