Balance key as Wizards win

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Blatche’s putback with 6:42 left in the second quarter put Washington up 45-35. And when the fifth-year big man returned to the bench, many of the spectators inside Verizon Center - including Butler and Jamison - gave him a standing ovation.

Arenas and Blatche went back to work in the third quarter, the guard notching 12 points and the backup big man eight. Blatche capped his performance with a 10-point fourth quarter. In notching 30 points in 27 minutes, he became the first player to score 30 points or more in fewer than 28 minutes off the bench since Will Bynum had 32 points in 22 minutes for Detroit on April 5.

“I’ve just been working hard, staying late, working late nights with [assistant coach] Sam Cassell, and it’s paying off for me,” Blatche said. “And I’m glad I can help my team.”

Note- Butler had an MRI exam and X-ray done on his bruised left knee, and the results came back negative. Saunders said he is hopeful the forward will be back on the floor when the Wizards visit Cleveland on Tuesday.

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