Jamison's 48 Not Enough; Wizards Could Fall to Eighth
April 18, 2007 8:34am CST
For the first time since a scoring spree seven years ago, Antawn Jamison dropped 45 or more in a game, but his 48-point showing wasn't enough to save the Wadhington Wizards from another fourth quarter collapse leading to a 95-89 defeat to the Orlando Magic. The loss handed the Wizards (40-41) its first sub-.500 team standing since December. The Magic's (39-42) win, anchored by Hedo Turkoglu's 26-point show, also made a vital implication in the race for seedings in the playoff picture as the Wizards fell into seventh place as the idle New Jersey Nets holds the tiebreaker against Washington though having identical records. The Magic won their own tiebreaker against Washington with the earlier win. Meaning, the Wizards could find themselves falling from number one last January to number eight by the end of the eliminations depending on tomorrow's games, which is the final day. The Magic welcomes their cross-state rivals Miami as they play for the final time at 7:00 AM, while the Nets plays host to the Chicago Bulls (49-32) at 7:30 AM. The Wizards play their final regular season game at Indianapolis against the Pacers at 8:00 AM. Orlando could overtake Washington in the team standings if the Magic beats the Heat (44-37) in Orlando hoping that Indiana (35-46) wins at home to Washington. The seventh seeds plays the winner of the race for second between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers, both with 49-32 records, while the eighth seed battles top-seeded Detroit (52-29). Jamison's season-high 48 was the highest he made since scoring 51 seven years back when he, a Golden State Warrior that time, had a scoring battle with Kobe Bryant, where KB24, still as KB8, scored 53.