Division leaders square off in Salt Lake City
(Sports Network) – The Southeast Division-leading Washington Wizards try to
halt a two-game losing streak, as they visit the Northwest Division-leading
Utah Jazz tonight at EnergySolutions Arena.
Washington plays the finale of a five-game road trip and is 1-3 on the current
swing. Corey Maggette scored a season-high 29 points and the Los Angeles
Clippers withstood a late rally to top the Wizards, 111-105, at the Staples
Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points and dished out eight assists for the Wizards,
who have a slim half game lead over the Miami Heat for first place in the
Southeast Division. Antawn Jamison had 23 points and 10 rebounds for
Washington, but limped off with 10 seconds left with an apparent knee injury.
Jamison is probable for tonight’s contest. He is averaging 19.9 points and a
team-best 8.0 rebounds in 56 games this season.
The Wizards are just 12-22 on the road this season. They return home to host
the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday and the Toronto Raptors on Friday at the
Utah, which owns a comfortable 9 1/2-game lead over the Denver Nuggets in the
Northwest Division, tries to win back-to-back games tonight, as it plays the
middle contest of a three-game homestand. Carlos Boozer scored 28 points and
grabbed 15 rebounds and the Jazz topped the Memphis Grizzlies, 118-108, on
Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena.
Matt Harpring scored 24 points for the Jazz, who have won two of their last
three games overall. Deron Williams scored 21 points and handed out 13
assists, while Paul Millsap finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the
The Jazz are an impressive 27-7 at home this season. They will host the
Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.
This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On
January 15th, Arenas drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift Washington
over Utah, 114-111, at the Verizon Center.
Washington has won two straight after losing its last five at Utah. The
Wizards have won two in a row in the series.