Stevenson start streak ends at 275

Updated: December 23, 2008, 10:34 PM ET
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With the Washington Wizards off to a 4-21 start, lineup changes were to be expected. Unexpected is DeShawn Stevenson volunteering to sacrifice his 275-game starting streak to help give the team a spark.

DeShawn Stevenson

Stevenson

Stevenson, who has started 189 straight games since joining the Wizards for the 2006-07 season, came off the bench Tuesday against the Charlotte Bobcats. Stevenson is shooting 31.7 percent from the field this season.

"In a real team gesture he basically told me: 'Tap, I'm struggling a little bit. Why don't you let me come off the bench and see if I can't get my swag back,'" interim coach Ed Tapscott said.

The move didn't exactly pay off. Stevenson scored only three points in 26 minutes off the bench as the Wizards lost 80-72. But Tapscott appreciated the gesture.

"He's a real team-oriented guy," Tapscott said.

Tuesday's lineup had Caron Butler at shooting guard and Dominic McGuire at small forward.

Washington matched a franchise record for the worst 25-game start with Sunday's 97-86 loss to Dallas, equaling the mark set by the 1966-67 Baltimore Bullets.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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