The Butler Did It

Wizards swingman holds off Cavs with clutch bucket
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2008 12:36 AM CDT
The Butler Did It
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown walks off after his team lost 88-87 to the Washington Wizards in Game 5.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Caron Butler saved Washington's season. Butler made a layup with 3.9 seconds left and the Wizards held their breath as LeBron James missed a potential series-ending layup at the horn, giving Washington an 88-87 victory Wednesday night and adding at least one more game to this overheated NBA playoff series.

After Butler scored on a drive past James, the Cavs had one more chance but their superstar couldn't get a banked runner to drop and the Wizards headed home for Game 6 on Friday night down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Butler scored 32 points and DeShawn Stevenson had 17 for the Wizards, who played without guard Gilbert Arenas. (More 2008 NBA playoffs stories.)

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