Wizards close out trip in Jersey
(Sports Network) – The Southeast Division-leading Washington Wizards wrap up a
three-game road trip when they visit the New Jersey Nets tonight at
Continental Airlines Arena.
Washington is 0-2 on the swing. On Sunday, Kevin Garnett scored 26 points and
grabbed 17 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves downed the Wizards, 98-94,
at the Target Center.
DeShawn Stevenson registered 21 points in the loss for the Wizards, who have
lost two straight and four of their last seven games overall. All-Star Gilbert
Arenas ended with 20 points for Washington, which shot 7-of-29 from beyond the
On the injury front for Washington, All-Star forward Caron Butler (lower back
spasms) is questionable for tonight’s contest. Butler did not play against
Minnesota and is averaging 20.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 53
games this season.
The Wizards are 10-16 on the road this season. After tonight’s game, they will
return home for a four-game homestand versus Miami, Atlanta, Golden State and
New Jersey, which plays the fourth of a five-game homestand, enters tonight’s
contest on a two-game winning streak. Vince Carter poured in 40 points, pulled
down nine rebounds and dished out eight assists as the Nets defeated the New
York Knicks, 101-92, on Sunday at Continental Airlines Arena.
Mikki Moore added 19 points in the win for the Nets, who have won five of
their last eight games overall. Bostjan Nachbar finished with 15 points and 10
boards, while Jason Kidd contributed 11 points and 14 assists in the victory.
The Nets are 16-14 at home this season. They will host the Boston Celtics on
Saturday in the finale of the current homestand.
This is the second meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On November
12th, Carter hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the game into overtime
and scored six points in the extra session as the Nets pulled out a 105-93 win
over Washington at the Verizon Center.
Washington has lost two straight and 10 of its last 11 at New Jersey. The Nets
have won two in a row in the series.