The Washington Times - December 19, 2008, 11:13PM

A few extra tidbits from the game …



* After being held in check by the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday to the tune of a season low five points on 1-for-4 shooting, Caron Butler quickly went to work against the 76ers. He had a team-high seven points in the first quarter and closed out the period with an exclamation point, drilling a deep 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left on the clock to give Washington a 28-27 lead heading into the second… . .


* The Wizards first-quarter lead would have been bigger, but they had no answer on the perimeter for Philadelphia’s Louis Williams, who came off the bench with 1:33 left in the first and knocked down two 3-pointers.

And Williams continues his assault in the second quarter, knocking down two more 3-pointers and five of six shots total to score 12 of his team-high 18 first-half points… .


* Fortunately for the Wizards, Nick Young answered with a similar performance. After sitting for all of the first quarter, the second-year guard entered the game and scored 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the second quarter.

Young went to work, driving baseline for an acrobatic layup a minute into the quarter. Later he added authoritative dunks on consecutive trips down the court followed by a turn-around jumper and a 3-pointer.

Young’s effort helped Washington match Philadelphia’s 29-point second-quarter effort and maintain a 57-56 halftime lead… .


* Assistant coach Randy Ayers returned to the bench after missing the last 12 while recovering from a minor medical procedure he had done on Nov. 25. Ayers, the architect of the Wizards’ defensive strategies, had returned to practice two weeks ago, but had remained in the locker room for home games… .

* The Wizards have now suffered two losses to New York, Orlando, Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia  …

* The Wizards have been seeking balance offensively and for the most part finally got it this game with five double-digit scorers: Jamison (23), Butler (20), Blatche (13), James (16), Young (12)… .

* The Wizards finally won the rebounding battle (43-34) and the second-chance points battle (18-5), but they couldn’t translate that into the win. They committed 16 turnovers (every starter had at least two turnovers for the Wizards) which led to 23 Philly points and again struggled from the perimeter (10-for-27 = 37 percent). They struggled to defend the perimeter giving up nine to the Sixers (9-for-21 — four off the bench from Williams, who had a team-high 26 points).