- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Last night at TD Waterhouse Centre


The game with Orlando had special meaning for new Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson.

Stevenson played three-plus seasons with Orlando, starting at guard all 82 games with the Magic last season. He left Orlando after refusing to sign a three-year, $10 million offer and eventually signed a one-year deal with the Wizards for just less than $1 million.

He has struggled to find his offense with Washington, though, making just 25 percent of his field goals in the first two games — worst on the team. But he had no problem getting motivated against Orlando.

“If I wasn’t playing a lot of minutes for the Wizards it might not matter that much, but I’m a starter coming back,” he said. “When you played here and helped contribute to what was being built, it means more, and that’s the way I feel. You can ask any guy in here who played somewhere else and they’ll tell you — playing your old team and beating them is important.”


50 Points scored by Orlando reserves, led by Carlos Arroyo’s 23.

— John N. Mitchell

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