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So Far, Team Besting Spurs' Point of Pride

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 29, 2007

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 28 -- File this one under "things you would not have believed before the season started": The Wizards entered Wednesday's game with a better field goal percentage defense than the defending champion Spurs.

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Through 14 games, Wizards opponents were shooting 44.5 percent (12th in the league) and through 15 games, Spurs opponents were shooting 46.6 percent (27th in the league).

Opponents' shooting percentage is the category Spurs Coach Greg Popovich cares about the most, and he was not thrilled with what he saw from his team after a 112-99 loss at Sacramento Monday night, calling his team's defense "God-awful."

"I'd rather have their record and them have our record," Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan said of the Spurs, who improved to 13-3 after the 109-94 victory. "But, we're working on it. We are getting better. We just have to keep emphasizing it."

Bombs Away

Going into Wednesday's game, six Wizards had raised their individual scoring averages over the course of the previous six games, a period that has coincided with the absence of Gilbert Arenas.

Antawn Jamison had the greatest increase. After averaging 17.8 points during the first eight games, Jamison averaged 29 points in the next six. Antonio Daniels went from averaging 3.3 points per game to 12.3 while Nick Young (1.9 to 10.8), Andray Blatche (4.3 to 12), DeShawn Stevenson (4.4 to 9.5) and Caron Butler (22.5 to 24.3) also saw increases.

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