- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 10, 2005

Last night at MCI Center

KEY NUMBER

6 Times this season Arenas has had 40 or more points.

KEY TO THE GAME

The Sixers became the third consecutive Wizards opponent to score at least 30 points (32) in the fourth quarter.

SEEN AND HEARD

GRAB ‘EM QUICK: Wizards playoff tickets went on sale for the first two games of the playoffs. As of yesterday morning less than 4,000 remained for each.

DIVINE INTERVENTION: Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas said the Wizards’ tumble in the standings might be a message from above. The Wizards had been as high as fourth in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. After their fifth straight loss they were sixth. “God works in mysterious ways,” Arenas said. “We were cocky at four the whole season. That’s what we were thinking and he brought us back to earth and said, ‘OK, now you have to work for it again.’”

GIVING IT UP: The Wizards and the Sixers are the only two teams in playoff position allowing more points than they are scoring. The Wizards, who have fallen to seventh in the league in scoring (99.9), are allowing 100.3. Philadelphia, averaging 98.5, is allowing 99.7 points. Before last night, the last time the Wizards averaged fewer than 100 points at any point in the season was seven games in, when they averaged 99.7 points.

John N. Mitchell

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