|Caron Butler takes on the Law (Hawks guard Acie) with this jumper from 3-point range. Butler had 24 points in the Wizards' first win of the season. (JOHN AMIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Wizards conjure up a victory
Heat also put halt to 5-game losing streak
A team meeting led by Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison provided some reassurance for the Washington Wizards after opening the season with five straight losses.
A victory led by Butler and Jamison was even better.
Butler scored 24 points, Jamison added 23 with 15 rebounds and the Wizards avoided the first 0-6 start in franchise history, beating the Hawks, 101-90, yesterday in Atlanta.
All five Washington starters scored in double figures for the first time this season. The Wizards never trailed while setting a season high with 26 assists and a low with 12 turnovers.
"It feels like you've got King Kong off your back," Butler said.
Washington gave up more than 104 points a game in the five straight losses, but held the Hawks to 39 percent shooting.
Josh Smith had 23 points, Joe Johnson 22, and Marvin Williams 20 for Atlanta.
Brendan Haywood had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Gilbert Arenas scored 18 points for Washington.
Washington led by 19 points in the third quarter, then withstood Atlanta's fourth-quarter rally. Two free throws by Smith with 3:57 left cut it to 90-85.
Washington answered with two free throws by Jamison and a driving layup by Arenas to push the lead to 94-85.
Heat 75, Knicks 72 - Jason Williams made the go-ahead jumper with 19 seconds left to lift Miami to its first victory of the season by beating host New York.
"I don't like to lose," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "It's not much fun. Not a whole lot of joy as a team when you're in it."
With Dwyane Wade still out and Zach Randolph not present after his grandmother's death, both teams were missing their top players. And it showed with stretches of inept offense on both sides.
But the Heat pulled it out after trailing by 5 with 2 1/2 minutes left. Udonis Haslem made consecutive baskets, and after Stephon Marbury threw the ball away, Williams knocked down his jumper for a 73-72 lead.
The Knicks turned it over again trying to get the ball into Eddy Curry, and Williams added two free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining. Marbury then missed a potential tying 3.
Haslem finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Heat (1-5).
Pistons 107, SuperSonics 103 - Richard Hamilton scored 10 of his season-high 32 points during a torrid first quarter, and visiting Detroit held off a late charge to drop Seattle to 0-7.
Hamilton capped his night with a 17-foot leaner with 45.9 seconds left to give Detroit a 103-99 lead after the Pistons squandered a 23-point first half advantage.
Kurt Thomas pulled Seattle even at 99, knocking down a 15-footer with 2:32 left after drawing a charge against Chauncey Billups.
But the Sonics fumbled away the final two minutes. Nick Collison missed a short jumper in the lane. Damien Wilkins got caught in mid-air and threw the ball away. The Sonics failed to block out Antonio McDyess, whose offensive rebound with 1 minute left set up Hamilton's jumper that gave the Pistons the cushion they needed.
Cavaliers 103, Clippers 95 - Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 25 points, LeBron James added 22, and visiting Cleveland rallied to beat Los Angeles.
Drew Gooden added 18 points and 17 rebounds for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who needed a fourth-quarter spurt after blowing leads of 11 and 13 points in the game.
Hornets 93, 76ers 72 - David West and Chris Paul each scored 16 points, and Bobby Jackson had 12 to lead visiting New Orleans.
The Hornets snapped a two-game losing streak and played more like the team that won the first four games of the season. They used runs of 11-2 at end of the first half and 12-0 in the third quarter to dominate and blow out the Sixers.
Rockets 85, Bobcats 82 - Yao Ming scored a season-high 34 points, including a pair of free throws with 20.4 seconds left, and Houston rallied in the fourth quarter to beat host Charlotte.
Tracy McGrady scored 12 of his 26 points in the final period and the Rockets fought back from a 7-point deficit to win their third straight game.
Spurs 113, Bucks 88 - Manu Ginobili scored 21 points, Michael Finley added 17, and Tim Duncan had 16 as host San Antonio led by double digits for the last three quarters in an easy victory.
Mo Williams scored 17 points for the Bucks and Michael Redd had 14 points.