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Wizards Top The Thunder In Needed Win

Washington Wizards' Etan Thomas (36) dunks over Oklahoma City Thunder Chris Wilcox (54)during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-95.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards' Etan Thomas (36) dunks over Oklahoma City Thunder Chris Wilcox (54)during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, in Washington. The Wizards won 104-95.(AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass - AP)

On one key fourth quarter possession, Blatche spun baseline and found himself cut off underneath the basket but whipped a pass out to DeShawn Stevenson, who in turn zipped a pass over to Dixon, who then drained a three-pointer.

"Every coach's vision is to play unselfishly and share the ball," Tapscott said. "Then you can let the ball movement and player movement get you shots. We were able to move the ball throughout the whole game."

It certainly helped that the youthful Thunder, who start a rookie at point guard (Russell Westbrook) and two second-year players at guard and forward (Washington native Kevin Durant and former Georgetown star Jeff Green), has no idea how to win games.

As soon as the Wizards put that fourth quarter run together, Oklahoma City fell apart.

Durant finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds and Green posted 23 points, but the Thunder had no answer for Jamison, who dominated his offensive matchup with Green most of the night.

But a victory without Butler would not have been possible without solid efforts from up and down the roster, including Dixon and Etan Thomas (four points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes). Those two had fallen out of the rotation lately but made the most of their chances last night.

"You have to be a professional," said Dixon, who did not get off the bench in three straight games. "When you get your opportunity, you have to go out there and take advantage of it."

Wizards Notes: The last time the franchise went this far into a season without consecutive wins was 1966-67 when the Baltimore Bullets started 5-23 before winning three straight.


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