- The Washington Times - Monday, December 13, 2004

Yesterday at MCI Center

33 Turnovers by the Hornets, matching the franchise record set against Washington on Nov.23, 1993. The Hornets kicked it away 19 times in the first half.

Key to the game

An 18-0 Wizards run in which Brendan Haywood and Larry Hughes accounted for all of the points.


A one-time assistant to New Orleans coach Byron Scott in New Jersey, Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said the main reason for the Hornets’ troubles is no secret.

“They have three All-Stars on the injured list,” Jordan said of Baron Davis, Jamal Mashburn and Jamaal Magliore. “This league is about talent first. No matter how hard you play, to win games you have to have people that can do it for you.”

The Hornets starting lineup against the Wizards included a rookie free agent (Matt Freije) and a second-year player claimed off waivers from San Antonio (Alex Garcia). …

The Hornets announced the signing of former Maryland standout Lonny Baxter. To make room for Baxter, Charlotte placed David West (right knee) on the injured list.

Baxter opened the season in training camp with Atlanta and appeared in seven preseason games before being released. He caught the eye of the injury-depleted Hornets by averaging 16.3 points and 13 rebounds in six games with the CBA’s Yakima Sun Kings.

Wizards point guard Steve Blake, placed on the injured list Dec.8 with a strained left arch, is now able to do some light conditioning. Blake is eligible to come off the injured list for Friday’s game at the Los Angeles Lakers.

John N. Mitchell

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