Coach Eddie Jordan is trying to make the most of the Wizards' newfound depth, but on any given night some players are going to play more than others. During Friday night's 120-114 double-overtime win in Detroit, seven players clocked at least 20 minutes while Etan Thomas (eight minutes), Antonio Daniels (four minutes) and Michael Ruffin (13 minutes) split up the rest.
Guard Chucky Atkins broke out of a slump with six three-pointers and 20 points in 22 minutes, the most time he has played since the third game of the season. Daniels, who started eight of the first nine games, didn't play after halftime.
"I'm giving people chances," Jordan said before Saturday night's game. "I think they understand that they have to play well. Because we're deep, it's hard to play 10 guys the minutes they want. I have to find guys who are going to play the right way on both ends of the floor."
After playing six of the past seven games away from MCI Center, the Wizards will have their next three games at home. Also, games against Portland (Wednesday), Milwaukee (Friday) and Toronto (Dec. 6) are spaced out enough to allow Washington several practices on their own court. . . .
Saturday night's game carried a distinct University of North Carolina flavor. Washington has former Tar Heels Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood, and the Bobcats have point guard Raymond Felton and forward Sean May.