- The Washington Times - Monday, January 15, 2007

Yesterday at Verizon Center:

QUOTABLE

“Gilbert turned it on. He’s one of the best one-on-one players in the league if not the best.”

— Wizards forward Caron Butler

SEEN AND HEARD

As much as the Wizards’ victory yesterday was about another huge shot and a huge game by Gilbert Arenas, equally big was the Wizards’ ability to shake off the doldrums of an awful first half and play well in the third quarter.

The Wizards trailed by 12 at the start of the second half. However, they held the Jazz to just 30 percent shooting in the third quarter, which enabled the Wizards to go from trailing 60-48 to leading 80-74 late in the quarter.

Arenas, who had 15 points in the quarter, and Caron Butler, who had 11, did most of the work offensively.

“The third quarter hurt us more than anything else,” Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. “We came out in the third quarter and forgot all about running the offense.” …

Arenas and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant are the only players still in the league to score at least 50 points three times in the span of 50 games. Last season Bryant accomplished this four times.

They are the only two players in the league to accomplish this feat since Michael Jordan did it with Chicago during the 1988-89 season.

John N. Mitchell