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Butler brings it

That is what an all-star is supposed to do. I wrote yesterday that in order for the Wizards to win tonight, they needed to rebound and get a big time performance from one of their all-stars: Caron Butler or Antawn Jamison.

The were out-boarded by only one and Butler came through with 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists. He scored the game winner and also earned a little payback on LeBron James by sliding up to James just before the final possession and saying something.

"I just told him to make the season interesting," Butler said. "Let's take it back to DC. And he started laughing. You know, I had to get him back for what he did to Gilbert a couple of years ago at the foul line."

Two interesting things about the final two plays.

-Butler appeared to be fouled by James on his game winning bucket but he also appeared to shuffle his feet. Ironic. Neither was called and the ball went in.

-On his drive, James drew some contact but if you watch closely, look at how Zydrunas Ilgauskas shoves his fellow Lithuanian, Darius Songaila, into James at the end of the play. That was the contact. Savvy move by big Z who did the same thing at the end of that disputed Philly game. But Songaila did a good job of moving away enough to not draw the foul. The amazing thing was how quiet the arena was. They were stunned that A) James missed and B) no foul was called.

A final word from Butler, who has not participated in the goofy stuff throughout this series and was a little ticked off by it:

"Don't judge this team by comments," he said. "LeBron made a statement: 'these guys are talkers' but unless you hear something from the captains, which would be myself and Antawn, don't label that as the team. I'm the voice of this team and Antawn is the spiritual and emotional leader so unless you hear it from one of us, keep it moving."

That about sums it up.

By Ivan Carter  |  April 30, 2008; 11:47 PM ET
 
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