- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 21, 2004

Last night at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.

5 Steals for Larry Hughes against the Nets. Hughes leads the league with 3.48 a game.

KEY TO THE GAME

The Wizards rebounded from a horrible third quarter (5-for-22 from the field) to outscore New Jersey 30-17 in the fourth.

SEEN AND HEARD

Wizards coach Eddie Jordan was as stunned as anyone about what happened at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Mich.) on Friday. Jordan didn’t want to talk too much about the ramifications of the fight, but he did raise questions regarding arena security.

“It was a hard thing to see as far as the security not being able to stabilize the situation,” Jordan said. “Whether it’s ushers or policemen, I think there should have been more of a presence there.”

Anthony Peeler, suspended for two games for elbowing Kevin Garnett in the face last year in the playoffs, noted fights involving basketball players can be much more dangerous than like the one that took place in yesterday’s Clemson-South Carolina football game.

“You can’t see where anybody is coming from in basketball,” Peeler said, “But the biggest difference is that football players at least have on pads. …

The Wizards activated Steve Blake from the injured list and placed guard Laron Profit (left knee) on the IL. …

Forward/center Samaki Walker was unavailable to the Wizards because of a sore lower back.

John N. Mitchell

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