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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 6 -- Keeping with their plan not to use him in back-to-back games, the Wizards rested all-star forward Antawn Jamison for Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons. After missing 12 of the previous 14 games with right knee tendinitis, Jamison returned to score 30 points against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. Coach Eddie Jordan said Jamison didn't have any complications with his knee. "He feels okay. He's not great, but he doesn't feel a lot of pain," Jordan said. "We've got a plan. We're looking at limiting his back-to-back games until we see that he feels very comfortable. Maybe in a week or so."

The Wizards have two more sets of back-to-back games the rest of the season, including Friday at Indiana and Saturday against Philadelphia at MCI Center. Jordan hadn't decided which game Jamison will play.

Jamison expected to play a limited number of minutes, but he played 37 minutes in the Wizards' 116-108 loss to the Celtics. "There's always a suggested time, but if the player feels good, he feels good," Jordan said. "And if he's going good, he's going to play."

Jamison made 9 of 18 shots and scored at least 30 points for the fifth time this season -- and the first time since Feb. 14 at New Orleans. The Wizards are 2-3 when Jamison scores at least 30. . . .

Entering Wednesday night's game, guard Larry Hughes had shot 6 for 32 in the two games since he sprained his left elbow. Hughes said he doesn't plan to rest the arm for the rest of the season and Jordan has no intention of sitting him. "He's doing other things for us. I know he's not the Larry that we're used to before the injury," Jordan said. "It's going to be a gut call for me. I'm looking at it. I'm observing it and starters get a little bit more leeway than guys off the bench." Hughes was injured in the fourth quarter of the Wizards' win in Orlando last Friday. Jordan added that the injury shouldn't be aggravated through playing. . . .

Point guard Gilbert Arenas broke Moses Malone's franchise record for free throws attempted in a game with 25 against the Celtics. Malone attempted 23 free throws for the Washington Bullets on Nov. 21, 1986. Arenas tied Malone for free throws made in a game with 21. Malone set that mark on Dec. 29, 1986.

-- Michael Lee

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