Tuesday , Mar , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nets, Wizards square off in DC

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets have won five straight games and will
take on the Washington Wizards tonight at the Verizon Center.

New Jersey is on its longest winning streak since ripping off 10 straight wins
earlier this season from December 16 – January 8. The Nets, seeded third in
the Eastern Conference, are 6 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia in the Atlantic

The Nets made it five in a row against Western Conference clubs, including
Sunday’s 100-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Richard Jefferson scored 28
points and Nenad Krstic added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who
concluded a three-game homestand undefeated.

The win snapped the Nets’ 11-game losing streak to Dallas.

New Jersey is 2-3 in its last five road games and 15-19 as the visitor this

Meanwhile, the Wizards have won four of their last five games, including
Sunday’s 113-104 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Gilbert Arenas had 29 points and seven assists, while Caron Butler added 25
points and four steals for the Wizards. Antawn Jamison chipped in 23 points
and seven boards and Antonio Daniels had a season-high 21 points in the win.

After Tuesday’s game the Wizards will embark on a season-high six-game road
swing versus teams from the Western Conference.

Washington, seeded fifth in the East, is 2-1 so far on its four-game homestand
and 24-12 as the host this season.

The Wizards and Nets have split the first two meetings of the season. New
Jersey posted an 89-83 win on November 19 at Continental Airlines Arena and
the Wizards notched a 94-74 triumph at home on December 13.

Washington has won four of the last six meetings overall and three in a row
versus the Nets in DC.