- The Washington Times - Monday, May 1, 2006

THE BUZZ

GILBERT ARENAS — UP —

It’s not how you start. …

LEBRON JAMES — DOWN —

… But how you finish

LARRY HUGHES — DOWN —

Fickle finger still bothers ex-Wiz

ANTAWN JAMISON — UP —

Keeps Wizards in it early

CARON BUTLER — UP —

Can’t have Big 3 without him

BY THE NUMBERS

20

Points Gilbert Arenas scored in the fourth quarter, when he made his first five shots of the period.

22

Turnovers by Cleveland, the same amount the Cavaliers had — combined — in their two series wins.

SEEN AND HEARD

Before the game last night, a large contingent of media types and assorted hangers-on were jammed into the visiting locker room at Verizon Center watching the Los Angeles Lakers’ wild overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns.

When Kobe Bryant hit the winning basket after tracking down a jump ball, the crowd let out such a roar it brought somebody out of the trainer’s room to see what all the ruckus was about. It was LeBron James, who is rivaling Kobe as the “best player in the game.”

James, who earlier had watched Kobe send the game into overtime, studiously watched the many replays.

His analysis? “You can’t let him have the ball off the jump ball, man,” James said of Bryant. “You’ve got to have two people on him. You can’t let him get the ball.”

QUOTABLE

“I changed my shoes, shorts, tights, jersey at halftime. I had to change everything.”

— Gilbert Arenas, who scored 28 of his team-high 34 points in the second half.

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