Washington Wizards Team Report – February 15
=== Washington Wizards Team Report – February 15 ===
(Sports Network) – The Wizards lost their second consecutive contest on
Monday night, as they fell 98-96 to the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans
Gilbert Arenas led the way for Washington with 34 points and Antawn Jamison
added 30 and 12 rebounds in the losing effort. Arenas has scored 30 or more
points 15 times this season, while Jamison has 20 double-doubles this season.
Arenas and Jamison are headed to the All-Star game this weekend as reserves.
Arenas is posting 25.1 points (8th-NBA) and 1.94 steals (6th) per contest,
while Jamison is tallying 20.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
The Wizards lost for the second time in a row after winning four straight.
Juan Dixon had eight points in the loss.
The Wizards shot 42.7 percent from the field, including only 5-of-22 (.227)
from three-point range. Washington hit 21-of-24 (.875) from the free throw
Washington actually outrebounded the Hornets, 48-34, but it hurt itself by
allowing them to shoot 47.6 percent from the field. The Wizards also committed
15 turnovers in the defeat.
The Wizards have lost four consecutive road tilts to slip to 10-14 in foreign
buildings this season. Washington is in the midst of a three-game road swing.
Earlier in the day, Washington placed forward Samaki Walker on the injured
list with a lower back strain and activated center Peter-John Ramos.
Washington remains second in the Southeast and fourth in the East, eight games
behind Miami. The Wizards (30-21) are in a virtual tie with Cleveland (29-20)
for the fourth slot.
Washington will try to get back on the winning track when it closes out its
current three-game road trip in Houston tonight. The Wizards will then have
seven straight days off for the All-Star break.