NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 20th (All times eastern)
Washington Wizards (3-7) at Oklahoma City Thunder (6-6), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards aim for back-to-back wins for the first time this season, as they pay a visit to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center.
Washington put the brakes on a six-game losing streak with a 108-91 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday from the Verizon Center. Antawn Jamison made his season debut for Washington and led the charge with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Jamison was sidelined because of a partially dislocated shoulder suffered in an exhibition game in October.
"It's another added weapon for them to really key on," said Jamison. "I've been sitting down like it seems forever. I've had a lot of injuries. I knew it was going to be different from what we've been doing the last couple of weeks."
Caron Butler added 19 points and Gilbert Arenas finished with 18, eight assists and six rebounds in the victory. The Wizards are 1-4 as the guest this season and will also visit San Antonio on the quick road swing.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City has dropped two of three games and is coming off Wednesday's 108-94 setback at Orlando. Rookie James Harden had a game-high 24 points, while young stars Kevin Durant and Jeff Green scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, in defeat.
"I don't want to blame it on that," Durant said of a possible fatigue factor. "They came out with a lot of energy and we didn't. They executed and capitalized on that. I see why they're picked to win the East again."
The Wizards and Thunder split a pair of meetings last season, but Washington has won five of six and nine of the last 11 in the series.
11/20 10:37:43 ET