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.