- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Washington Wizards‘ play and the atmosphere at Verizon Center in their upset victory against Cleveland on Thursday was electric, but everything about Saturday was flat.

Once again, the Wizards faced a team led by an MVP candidate — this time Miami’s Dwyane Wade. Unlike Thursday, the Wizards didn’t rise to the occasion and suffered a 118-104 defeat.

Gone was the sizzle created by franchise point guard Gilbert Arenas; he sat out Saturday’s game to rest his surgically repaired left knee. Missing in action was a scoring punch off the bench. Guard Nick Young sprained his knee in the first quarter, and the usually reliable backup big man Darius Songaila had a quiet night.

Also missing: the defensive intensity that caused the Cavaliers fits. The Wizards allowed Miami to put six scorers in double digits and make 14 of 32 3-pointers. Wade scored a game-high 33 and went 15-for-17 from the free throw line.

Caron Butler led the Wizards with 27 points. Antawn Jamison added 23; Brendan Haywood had 18 points and 12 rebounds.

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