Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 3/5

Game 1: Sunday, March 5th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 28th

Kings 107

(28-31, 9-20 away)

Wizards 117

(30-28, 21-10 home)

    1:00 PM ET, March 5, 2006

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 28 18 31 30107
    WSH 33 25 28 31117

    Top Performers

    Sac: M. World Peace 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    WSH: A. Jamison 31 Pts, 8 Reb

    Artest scores 30, but Kings unable to overtake Wiz

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Wizards are too concerned about making the playoffs to be distracted by milestones.

    Antawn Jamison had 31 points and eight rebounds and the Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 117-107 Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak. The victory was No. 100 with the Wizards for coach Eddie Jordan, who became the 10th active NBA coach to notch 100 victories with his current team.

    "That's my 100th, too," said Gilbert Arenas, who scored 23 points for Washington. "We came here at the same time. Is that a milestone? We didn't even know, but congratulations.

    "Now we have to start on the next hundred."

    Kings coach Rick Adelman, who replaced Jordan in Sacramento, is another on the list of NBA coaches with 100 victories with his current team.

    Jordan was the Kings' head coach for the final 15 games of the 1996-97 season and throughout the 1997-98 campaign after serving five years as an assistant. His head coaching record in Sacramento was 33-64.

    "He had a bad situation when he was in Sacramento," Adelman said. "He didn't have a very good team. Since he's been here, he's had his team playing well. They play together and they play hard. He knows what he's doing."

    Caron Butler scored 22 for the Wizards, who became only the fifth opponent to score 100 points against the Kings since they acquired Ron Artest, the 2003-04 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, in January.

    "What we wanted to do was get that losing streak snapped," Arenas said. "We've got a mission: we're trying to make the big dance. It's going to be hard because (it seems) we're one game away from everything -- out of it, in it. We just have to watch our Ps and Qs and keep playing."

    Artest led Sacramento with 30 points, five assists and three blocks before fouling out with 1:14 remaining. Kevin Martin added 20 points for the Kings, who have won nine of their last 13 games.

    "Our defensive intensity wasn't there," Artest said. "We slacked a little bit."

    Butler, who recently has been slowed by the flu and a sore ankle, took an inadvertent elbow to the mouth from Brad Miller.

    "The ref said he saw it and he apologized for not calling the foul," Butler said. "That doesn't do anything for my body, though. I still got hit. I can't win, but luckily we got the win tonight and that made me feel much better. Hopefully, it won't bother me tomorrow."

    Butler added six rebounds, three assists and three steals in a game-high 48 minutes.

    "Caron was one of the few guys who got into it, as far as intensity and defensively into Artest, getting into some passing lanes, getting deflections and steals, and playing physically," Jordan said. "He took a challenge defensively first and it opened up his offense. He was focused at both ends of the floor."

    Reserve Antonio Daniels scored 12 points and rookie Donell Taylor added 10 points and a career-high six assists off the bench as the Wizards won for only the second time in their last eight meetings with the Kings.

    "Donell Taylor did a great job again," Jordan said.

    Kenny Thomas pulled the Kings within 92-88 with 8:27 remaining but that was as close as they got in the fourth quarter.

    Jamison scored 10 points in the third, Arenas added nine, and the Wizards led 86-77 after three.

    Thomas scored four points in a 6-0 run that pulled the Kings within 81-75 with 2:04 remaining in the third quarter. Arenas' layup on a 3-on-1 break gave the Wizards a 70-53 lead with 8:48 left in the period.

    Reserve Etan Thomas scored six of Washington's first eight points of the second quarter as the Wizards opened a 13-point lead.

    Jamison, who made six of his first eight shots, gave Washington a 33-28 lead on a putback as the first-quarter horn sounded.

    "Our starters got off to a great start, giving us some good energy early, and it helped us sustain the lead throughout the game," Daniels said. ^@Notes: Wizards guard Jared Jeffries left in the second quarter with a sprained left calf and did not return. ... MCI Center, home of the Washington Wizards, Mystics, Capitals and Georgetown Hoyas, officially switched names to the Verizon Center on Sunday. ... The Wizards have won 11 of their last 13 games at home.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 107 117
    FGM-FGA 41-80 (.513) 40-83 (.482)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 8-19 (.421)
    FTM-FTA 20-33 (.606) 29-35 (.829)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-37 14-43
    Assists 23 22
    Turnovers 16 11
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 5 1
    Fast Break Points 11 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 25 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 17

    Top Performers

    Metta World Peace World Peace
    Points: 30
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 31
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0