- The Washington Times - Monday, January 17, 2005

Last night at SBC Center in San Antonio:

KEY NUMBER

75 Percent of shots (12 of 16) from behind the 3-point line made by the Spurs.

QUOTABLE

“The defense did a great job, but when you apparently shoot as poorly as those two did you have to say it was a bad shooting night. It was not just that our defense held them to that.”

— Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamisoncombining to shoot 2-for-20 from the floor.

SEEN AND HEARD

Wizards center Brendan Haywood says injuries are part of the game, and that Washington won’t use Larry Hughes’ broken right thumb as an excuse.

“It’s real tough but it’s one of those things,” Haywood said. “I’ve seen it every year in my career. My first year Michael Jordan got hurt. My second year Michael Jordan got hurt. Last year Larry, Gilbert and [Jerry Stackhouse] got hurt.

“Every year I’ve been here we’ve lost one or more of our main guys. You just have to understand that it’s going to take time to get better. You are not going to be the same team right off the bat.”

John N. Mitchell

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