Jazz Surge Past Ailing Wizards

Loss of Butler continues to take a toll on Washington
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2008 7:22 AM CST
Injured Washington Wizards' Caron Butler, center, who sat on the bench during the game, joins his teammates Nick Young, left, and Oleksiy Pecherov from Ukraine, during a timeout in the second half of...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite the absence of leading scorer Caron Butler for a third game, Washington fought hard to keep last night's contest against the surging Jazz respectable. But the Wizards' 96-87 loss was a plodding affair of 28 turnovers, the Washington Times reports, more than half of which belonged to Utah. The loss marks the Wizard's fourth in their last six games.

"We held then to 42% shooting ...," said Wizards' coach Eddie Jordan. "But we just couldn't score." Despite a strong, 31-point performance from Antawn Jamison, his teammates failed to fill an offensive vacuum created by a benched Butler -- Jamison's fellow NBA all-star -- and couldn't halt Utah from taking their seventh straight win.