- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Last night at MCI Center

KEY NUMBER

54.8

Percent shooting from the floor by the Wizards, their best effort of the year. Washington made 51.1 percent against the Los Angeles Lakers last week in an overtime victory (120-116).

QUOTABLE

“It looked like they were running the five-man weave.”

— Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace of the Wizards, who got a lot of open looks at the basket.

SEEN AND HEARD

Emeka Okafor, the No. 2 pick in last summer’s draft, has long since gotten over the fact Dwight Howard was the top pick.

Especially since, at this point, there is little doubt Okafor is the leading candidate for rookie of the year. He leads all rookies in scoring (15.2), rebounding (11.7), blocked shots (1.35) and minutes played (36.7).

“I don’t even care [about the draft], to tell you the truth,” he said before getting his 16th consecutive double-double. “One, two, there’s really no difference but a price tag. I just look at it as we’re all fortunate to be in this position.

“Really, I’m just trying to go out and have fun every night,” he continued. “The one thing is that my goals have changed a lot already. But I’m not overly concerned about what I’m doing. I’m just 22 games in.”

John N. Mitchell

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