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Wednesday, March 26th (All times eastern)

Washington Wizards (36-34) at Seattle SuperSonics (17-54), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards play the second test of an important five-game road trip tonight, when they visit the Seattle SuperSonics at KeyArena.

The Wizards are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, a half-game ahead of No. 6 Philadelphia.

Washington will try to bounce back from a bad loss. On Tuesday, Martell Webster scored 23 points as the Portland Trail Blazers overcame injuries to a pair of their best players to beat the Wizards, 102-82, at the Rose Garden.

Caron Butler scored 19 points and Antonio Daniels had 14 along with eight assists for the Wizards, who had a three-game winning streak halted. Roger Mason netted 11 points off the bench, but Antawn Jamison struggled with just nine points on 3-of-13 shooting.

The Wizards will visit Sacramento on Friday, the Lakers on Sunday and Utah on Monday in the finale of the swing. Washington is 15-19 on the road this season.

Washington could get a big boost very soon. Multi-talented guard Gilbert Arenas is nearing a return to the court. Arenas last played on November 16, as he has been sidelined because of left knee surgery. The Arizona product was averaging 22.4 points and 5.9 assists in eight games before going down with his injury.

The SuperSonics continue their seven-game homestand tonight. On Monday, rookie phenom Kevin Durant scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Seattle used a big second half to down the Trail Blazers, 97-84, at KeyArena.

Damien Wilkins added 20 points and seven rebounds and rookie Jeff Green totaled 16 points and six rebounds for Seattle, which snapped an 11-game losing streak. The had lost 14 in a row earlier in the season, from December 31 to January 27.

Seattle played the Trail Blazers without point guard Earl Watson (bruised right calf) and forward Chris Wilcox (sprained right pinkie finger). Both players are questionable for tonight's contest.

The SuperSonics are 11-23 at home this season. They will also host Charlotte, Sacramento, the Clippers, Houston and Denver on the current homestand.

This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On January 6, Butler finished with 33 points as the Wizards dominated SuperSonics, 108-86, at the Verizon Center.

The Wizards have won three in a row over the SuperSonics. Washington has also been victorious in two of three and four of its last six at Seattle.

03/26 11:47:06 ET


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