- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 22, 2005

Last night at Pepsi Center in Denver:

SEEN AND HEARD

Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan agreed with Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s decision to bench Kobe Bryant in the fourth quarter of Los Angeles’ 112-90 rout of Dallas on Tuesday.

Bryant finished with 62 points — the Mavericks had just 61 at the end of the third quarter — and he was well within reach of the Lakers’ individual scoring record held by Washingtonian Elgin Baylor, who scored 71 in 1962.

“I would have done what Phil and Kobe decided to do,” Jordan said. “I’m sure they have a mutual understanding that if the game is well in control and Kobe has done what he’s supposed to do, sit him.

“Also, it’s flirting around with the integrity of the game. You don’t want to embarrass an opponent.”

BY THE NUMBERS

.562 Shooting percentage for Brendan Haywood, the best in the NBA, heading into the game.

QUOTABLE

“Who knows? Maybe we have to take a look at Andray Blatche coming up from the D-League and giving him a shot at the roster again. Maybe we have to play the starters more minutes. We still have capable veterans coming off the bench.”

— Jordan on the state of the bench with Caron Butler starting and Jarvis Hayes out indefinitely with another knee injury.

John N. Mitchell

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