- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 3, 2006

Last night at United Center in Chicago

SEEN AND HEARD

When did Brendan Haywood come up with “Hibachi” — which Gilbert Arenas is fond of using in reference to himself — to describe a hot-shooting teammate?

Haywood originally used it to describe a hot opponent who was in the process of lighting up the Wizards.

No, it wasn’t Kobe Bryant or Allen Iverson. It was Milwaukee Bucks guard Mo Williams, who scored a career-high 35 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, to give the Bucks a 105-103 victory in Washington last season.

Williams was probably as hot as any player has been in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center, packing 17 points into the final seven-plus minutes, including scoring 12 straight.

“He was killing us at home,” Haywood remembered. “We were like, he had the Hibachi grill going on. He was serving up shrimp, chicken or whatever you needed. After that, we started using it. If you hit a couple of shots in a row, guys would start saying, ‘I got the Hibachi going.’ Gil just picked it up and ran with it and tried to make it his.”

BY THE NUMBERS

17.6 Points averaged by Gilbert Arenas in eight road games. Arenas is averaging 33.1 points in eight home games.

— John N. Mitchell

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