Wizards Pick Up Much Needed Victory
John E De Freitas. | 1/20/2010, 5:43 p.m.
The Washington Wizards handed coach Flip Saunders his 600th career win by defeating the Sacramento Kings 96-86, on Sat., Jan. 16 at the Verizon Center. Forward Caron Butler scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures for the Wizards. Saunders improved his coaching record to 600-422. Antawn Jamison scored 14 points, Earl Boykins had 13, Nick Young added 12 and Brendan Haywood had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Saunders encouraged his players to give 100 percent €We challenged them prior to the game. In my pre-game talk I told the players €if you're not going to play hard, there€s no guarantee you'll play.€ There€s no entitlement. I think because of that they went out there with the idea of playing hard and reckless, and if they don't think about results, good results happen,€ Saunders said.
Sacramento Kings head coach Paul Westphal said his team€s shooting game was off.
€This is the third game that we have shot under 40 percent and tonight we were at 37 percent. We don't have the defense to back up our poor shooting and tonight the Wizards got us.€
€We couldn't convert inside the paint and they were just too big for us in a lot of ways. You have to make shots and 37 percent is not going to get it done. They took away the penetration, so we shot jump shots. I give their defense credit and on their end, they were able to isolate and make plays in one-on-one situations,€ Westphal said.
Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans complimented the Wizards after the game €They did a good job tonight defensively, clogging the paint up when I was driving. I saw Haywood coming over and stepping over some. We shot badly. That€s why we lost. We couldn€t make the shots we usually make,€ Evans said. Photo by John E. De Freitas