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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Evans, Kings Steal Game From Arenas, Wizards

Fourteen. Six. Those are the two magic numbers for today's post. Divide six by fourteen. What did you get? 2.33?, too.
The Wizards have currently lost six games in a row by a combined fourteen points. That means they've lost each game by about 2.33 points. It also ties an NBA record of six straight losses by less than four points each game. The most recent one came last night in Sacramento, where the Wiz faced a young Kings squad. Once again, though, the Wiz fell beind early, catching up a bit, but still lost the 1st quarter by a point. That was just the start.
The Kings went up by 9 in the 2nd quarter, but the Wiz made a run toward the end of the quarter that continued into the 3rd quarter and kept it pretty close for a while, eventually mustering a run to give themselves a 3 point lead. But, that lead quickly fizzled away as the Kings pulled away due to a 15-2 run late in the 3rd, and never let go of it. Up 12 with less that 4 minutes remaining, the Wizards played tough defense, good offense, and pulled to within one point with 16 seconds left. This set up Arenas, with 33 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, who showed many more glimpses of his old self tonight than he has in any other game this year, to do what he does did best. He dribbled at the top of the three-point line...watched the clock wind down...made his move toward the hoop with 4 seconds remaining...made a lightning-quick crossover...and then...BAM! In the blink of an eye it was stolen by Tyreke Evans and Arenas had to foul him, sending him to the bench with his 6th foul of the night. Goodbye Arenas, goodbye game. Kings win 101-98. It is difficult to watch these games anymore. I know the ending before it plays out. They may not be winning games, but there's no doubt they make losing interesting.

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