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Date published: 1/19/2007
Still, at 22-16, the Wizards have put themselves in a favorable position. And tonight, when they visit the Orlando Magic (22-17), first place in the Southeast Division will be on the line.
"This is a really big game," Jamison said. "We get this one, we're up 2-1 in the season series against them with one more to play, so we definitely need this one."
The winner of the four-game season series would hold the tiebreaker if the teams finish the season with the same record.
The Magic took a 106-103 victory when these teams met in Orlando on Nov. 6. But on Dec. 29, the Wizards responded with a 112-111 win at the Verizon Center.
The Magic are 14-6 at home this year, while the Wizards are 6-13 on the road.
Orlando is led by the 21-year-old center Dwight Howard, who leads the team in scoring (17.4) and rebounding (12.6). But Arenas said the Magic's success hinges on a 34-year-old veteran.
"It's all Grant Hill," Arenas said of the former Duke star, who is averaging 14.7 points per game. "When he's healthy, that team goes."
Hill has struggled recently, averaging 6.5 points over Orlando's last two games, both of which were losses.No double-trouble
Few opponents have chosen to double-team Arenas this season. The Knicks tried, and it worked for the better part of the game, as Arenas was held to 16 points on 4 of 14 shooting.
But with the Wizards trailing by a point on their final possession, Arenas passed the ball to Jamison, who found DeShawn Stevenson, who found Butler for the winning dunk.
After the game, several Wizards wanted to make it clear they were more than capable of taking advantage of a four-on-three situation when Arenas is doubled.
"We have guys that can score 20 or 30 points a game," Butler said. "You have to man-up and guard Gilbert."
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