- GOP hopes taking shutdown off the table with budget deal will pay dividends
- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
- Bubonic plague kills 20 in Madagascar
- G-20 diplomats fell for hacker attack promising nude photos of former French first lady Carla Bruni
- Minnesota guardsman charged with stealing private soldier data for fake IDs
- Florida appeals court rules universities can’t regulate guns
- Vladimir Putin defends Russian conservative values
Wizards close out 2009 with another loss
The Washington Wizards are no doubt glad to say goodbye to 2009.
They had hoped to close on a positive note by beating the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night in their final game of the calendar year. Instead, Washington fell prey to another of its all-too-familiar collapses: For the second straight night, the Wizards blew a fourth-quarter lead and ultimately lost -- this time 110-98 at Verizon Center.
It marked a victorious homecoming for D.C. native Kevin Durant, who led the Thunder with 35 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Georgetown product Jeff Green, who added 18 points and four rebounds.
Meanwhile, Washington -- despite 28 points from Antawn Jamison, 24 from Gilbert Arenas and double-digit scoring from their other three starters -- again failed to find a way to play a complete game. They fell to 10-20.
For the calendar year of 2009 (starting with their first game in January and extending into this season), Washington posted a 23-79 record and thus will try in 2010 to turn their fortunes around.
About the Author
- Wizards respond on practice court
- Saunders flips out about Wizards' defense
- Saunders fumes as Wizards regress
- Wizards close out 2009 with another loss
- Late breakdown costs Wizards in Memphis
Latest Blog Entries
By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
- NAPOLITANO: A conspiracy so vast
- Obama's Afghanistan experts stumped on U.S. death toll, war costs during hearing
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- Comma on!: Twitter erupts over Obama-Castro 'marriage'
- House votes for bargain to end budget drama
- Biden guarantees victory on immigration reform
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
- Jane Fonda Foundation fails to make single contribution in 5 years: report
- Atheists smug as Hindus join Satanists to demand display at Oklahoma Statehouse
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
Born in 1930 in rural Missouri, Charles Vandegriffe, Sr., brings his time and place to the Communities.
Columns from Voices around the World talking about the events, people, politics and social issues that concern us wherever, and whoever, we are.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow