Tuesday , Apr , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Bobcats, Wizards begin home-and-home set

(Sports Network) – The Southeast Division-leading Washington Wizards and
Charlotte Bobcats play the opener of a home-and-home set tonight at Charlotte
Bobcats Arena.

Washington will host the Bobcats on Wednesday at the Verizon Center.

The is the third of four meetings between the clubs this season. The Wizards
won the first two contests and have captured five in a row in the series.

The Wizards have won four of five as the visitor against the Bobcats.

Washington leads the defending world champion and second place Miami Heat by a
half game in the Southeast. The Wizards are the fourth seed in the Eastern

All-Star Caron Butler poured in 19 points and grabbed five rebounds before
fracturing his right hand in the third quarter, as the Wizards trounced the
Milwaukee Bucks, 121-107, on Sunday at the Bradley Center.

Butler left the game with 6:28 remaining in the third quarter. The Connecticut
product is averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in 63 games this season. The
6-7 Butler is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Gilbert Arenas scored 19 points and dished out nine assists in the win for
Washington, which has won two of its last three games overall. Jarvis Hayes
ended with 17 points, while Darius Songaila netted 15 in the victory.

The Wizards are 13-23 as the visitor this season and 2-3 in their last five on
the road.

Charlotte tries to get back on the winning track this evening. On Sunday,
Chris Bosh posted 24 points and 16 rebounds as the Atlantic Division-leading
Toronto Raptors downed the Bobcats, 107-94, at Air Canada Centre.

Walter Herrmann collected 22 points and eight rebounds for Charlotte, which
failed to extend its winning streak to three games. Emeka Okafor scored 16
points and Gerald Wallace netted 13 for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats are 18-19 at home this season. They have won two in a row at
Charlotte Bobcats Arena.