- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Last night at Philips Arena in Atlanta:

SEEN AND HEARD

The Wizards might end up with the NBA’s steals leader for the second time in three seasons.

Washington forward Caron Butler entered the game leading the league with 2.2 a game. Larry Hughes finished with 2.89 a game to lead the NBA in 2004-05, his final season with the Wizards before signing with Cleveland.

“I’m just back reading and taking chances,” said Butler, who had a season-high six steals against Memphis on Dec. 26. “I’m fortunate to have guys behind me like Brendan [Haywood], Etan [Thomas] and Calvin [Booth]. Those guys can block shots, and when they do, I feel comfortable going for it.”

BY THE NUMBERS

52 Tickets for friends and family of Atlanta native Jarvis Hayes. Hayes not only secured tickets for his parents, James and Yvonne Harris, but he also got tickets for his own AAU team, Georgia Select. Second-year guard Donell Taylor had the Wizards’ second highest number of tickets (15), followed by Andray Blatche (10).

John N. Mitchell

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