Wizards wave wand at Kings
(Sports Network) – With star guard Gilbert Arenas hampered with the flu, the
Washington Wizards pulled out a victory to maintain their spot in the East.
Arenas, the league’s fourth-leading scorer, was on the bench — a place very
familiar to reserve guard Billy Thomas.
Thomas came off the pine and dropped in 14 points in Tuesday’s 97-84 win
over the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena. The victory in Sacramento was
the first for Milwaukee since the 1996 season.
Washington moved a season-high four games over .500 and 1 1/2 games ahead of
the sixth-place Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference playoff race. It also
improved to 3-1 on a crucial six-game road swing with tilts left at Houston
and San Antonio.
The Wizards will play seven of their next nine games on the road where they
own a 13-20 mark this season.
On an injury note, Wizards forward Caron Butler left Tuesday’s win in
the third quarter with a cut on the top of his head. Kings forward Kenny
Thomas came down on Butler during a battle for a rebound and was whistled
for a flagrant foul.
Butler, who needed six stitches to close the gash, returned to the hardwood
midway through the fourth quarter.