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Youthful Wizards lose to Memphis Grizzlies, finally experience some growing pains

Al Thornton, who scored 16 points in his fourth game with the Wizards, reaches for an overthrown pass.
Al Thornton, who scored 16 points in his fourth game with the Wizards, reaches for an overthrown pass. (John Mcdonnell/the Washington Post)
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Blatche also was aggressive in the first half with the ball in his hand, scoring 16 points to help Washington to a 48-46 advantage at the break.

"It's just minor mistakes," Blatche said, "things that are totally fixable. We're going to work on it in practice tomorrow and get back to Friday's game against New York and come out strong again."

Wizards note: The team has reached a buyout agreement with Zydrunas Ilgauskas and is waiting for his signature, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The 7-3 center is expected to pay back between $1 million and $1.5 million of his $11.5 million contract, the person said. A formal announcement probably will come on Thursday.

Ilgauskas came to Washington from Cleveland in a three-team trade that sent Jamison to the Cavaliers on Feb. 17. Ilgauskas received a trade kicker worth approximately $600,000 for being part of the deal.

Staff writer Michael Lee contributed to this report.


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