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Washington Expects New Orleans to Want Some Payback

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 2, 2008

After the Wizards came back from a 15-point deficit last Monday for a stunning 95-92 win at New Orleans on DeShawn Stevenson's game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer, Hornets Coach Byron Scott questioned his team's focus.

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The Wizards, who are coming off a 97-91 win at Chicago on Friday night, don't expect that to be a problem when the teams meet again tonight at Verizon Center. The Hornets (39-18) are coming off of wins over Phoenix and Utah and need every win they can get in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, where only five games separate the first-place Lakers and ninth-place Denver.

"They're going to be ready for us, especially me," said Stevenson, who scored a career-high 33 points on 11-of-21 shooting in New Orleans. "They're going to have a chip on their shoulder so we're going to have to be ready."

Stevenson, who has totaled seven points in the last two games, was ejected in the second quarter Friday night when referee Pat Fraher gave him two technicals after Stevenson argued about a non-call.

Stevenson watched on a television in the locker room as his teammates erased an 18-point halftime deficit with a 22-1 run and went on to beat the Bulls.

"I was happy for them, man," Stevenson said. "The whole team stepped up and made big plays and it was great to see. I was in here cheering them on."

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