Wednesday , Mar , 28 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Stevenson leads Wizards over Sixers

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – DeShawn Stevenson scored a season-high 28
points, as the Washington Wizards came away with a 111-108 victory over the
Philadelphia 76ers.

Returning from a left knee bruise, Caron Butler scored 21 points for
Washington, which snapped a three-game losing streak and attained a one-half
game edge over the Heat for the lead in the Southeast Division. Miami lost at
Toronto Wednesday night.

Gilbert Arenas netted 20 points and Antawn Jamison added 14 points and 11
rebounds for the Wizards, who just lost the top spot in the division after
Monday’s setback to the Utah Jazz in the finale of a five-game road trip.

“This was one of the toughest games to play this season, coming back from a
long west coast road trip, and playing our first game at home,” Washington
coach Eddie Jordan said.

Andre Iguodala notched 26 points and 15 boards for Philadelphia, which is 10-5
over its last 15 games. Samuel Dalembert posted 24 points and nine boards for
the Sixers. Andre Miller notched 16 points and seven assists, while Kyle
Korver contributed 14 points off the bench.

“I was not even looking to score today,” Dalembert said. “I was trying to
rebound and pass the ball to get other guys involved.”

With the Sixers trailing 105-103, Iguodala’s jump shot attempt rimmed out, and
Jamison converted a pair of free throws on the other end for a two-possession
game with 21.5 seconds on the clock.

Iguodala then took the inbound pass at the top of the key and crossed over his
defender en route to an open dunk, courtesy of Korver’s high screen, with 14.7
seconds left. Butler immediately got fouled less than a second later and made
both free throws for another four-point margin, 109-105.

Iguodala next came up short on a quick three from the left corner, but Korver
grabbed the rebound and got the ball right back to him. From virtually the
same spot on the floor, Iguodala drained the second try with 5.7 seconds to go
for a one-point game.

Arenas was fouled 1.2 seconds later and converted both free throws. Washington
had a foul to give and used it, giving the Sixers just 2.2 seconds with which
to work, trailing by three.

Iguodala fought through a double team and could only get off an awkward three-
point attempt, failing to draw any contact from either defender, as the
Wizards held on for the win.

Antonio Daniels’ three-point play with 7:33 to go in the fourth put Washington
ahead 97-82, but Philadelphia wasn’t finished. The Sixers scored seven
straight to cut their deficit to single digits, 97-89, approaching the halfway
point of the stanza.

Philly continued to rally by going on a 10-0 burst down the stretch and
Korver’s trey with 2:07 left tied the score at 101.

The Sixers exploded out of the gate on an 18-8 run, finished by a Steven
Hunter dunk with 4:41 remaining in the first quarter. Washington came alive
down the stretch by going on a 7-0 spurt, snapped by a Louis Williams jumper
with 11 ticks left for just a 25-22 deficit heading into the second.

After Jamison scored on a jumper and Stevenson on a layup in the opening two
minutes of the second, the Sixers briefly reclaimed control. Iguodala
converted a pair of free throws that sparked an 11-4 run, which put the Sixers
ahead 40-32.

The Wizards responded by scoring the next 13 points, and Stevenson’s trey with
3:53 remaining put them ahead 45-40. They took a 52-49 margin into the locker
room.

Philadelphia regrouped and opened the second half on a 10-3 burst, capped by a
Rodney Carney jumper approaching the halfway point of the stanza for a 59-55
lead. With the score knotted at 69, Washington closed the third on a 11-4 run,
though, as Darius Songaila’s bank shot with eight ticks left put the Wizards
up 80-73 heading into the fourth.

Game Notes

Wednesday’s game between Philadelphia and Washington was the third and final
meeting of the regular season. The Wizards swept the season series and have
won five of seven and six of the last nine meetings…The Sixers have lost
three straight and five of their last six in D.C.

PHI WAS