Wizards-Jazz: Washington Stop Utah, Avoid 0-6 Start

Jennifer JohnsonAnalyst INovember 13, 2008

As Caron Butler disrobed at center court, he appeared quite content for himself and his Washington Wizards teammates. 

The Wiz notched their first win of the season against a very strong opponent, finally giving their home fans reason to celebrate. 

They used an unlikely explosion of good defense to defeat the Utah Jazz 95-87, thanks to Butler and rookie center JaVale McGee.

CB finished his encore rendition of Striptease 2 after pouring in 27 points to go along with nine rebounds.

Coach Eddie Jordan summed up his thoughts on his team’s much needed victory, quoting a recognizable name in NBA basketball history.

“Pat Riley says there’s winning and there’s misery. Well, for us there’s relief and there’s misery.  “So we got relief.”  “And hopefully it’s a sign of what we can do on a nightly basis.”

Amen Coach.

Washington took control of the game in the fourth quarter, during which Butler and power-forward Antawn Jamison scored 15 consecutive points.

The duo’s spurt put the Wizards ahead 84-82 and they never looked back.

The tongue lashing given out by Jamison to the rest of his teammates after the lopsided loss to the Magic last Saturday night proved to be a positive motivational tool.

Young big man JaVale Mcgee continued his strong play, setting personal bests with 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. 

The kid is only 20 years old.  Imagine if he hits the weight room and puts some meat on that thin frame of his; what he might do to opposing centers?  

His offensive skills will improve as he logs more minutes on the court.  I hope his performance impressed his coaches as much as it impressed me.

The Jazz left Verizon Center with flat feet, while the Wizards were well rested having last played against Orlando. 

“I can’t really say why but I did feel like we were a bit dead tonight,” Utah guard Kyle Korver said.

Carlos Boozer led the Jazz with 20 points.

But the night belonged to the home team. 

Next game the heat will definitely be on.


An illness in the family prevented Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur from travelling with the team to Washington.

Wizards PG Antonio Daniels returned to the starting lineup after missing one game with a sore right knee.

Washington beat the Jazz in blocked shots 10-3 and 11-5 in steals respectively.