- The Washington Times - Monday, March 14, 2005

Last night at MCI Center

KEY NUMBER

43 Years it took the Wizards franchise to earn its first season sweep of the Lakers. Washington had not won the season series against the Lakers since 1975-76.

KEY PLAY

After the Lakers trimmed an 18-point Wizards lead to nine with 6:03 remaining, Gilbert Arenas hit back-to-back shots and Brendan Haywood hit a fadeaway to put the Wizards back ahead by 16.

SEEN AND HEARD

OK WITH THE PINE: Wizards forward Kwame Brown, who has been plagued with foot and ankle problems this season, is content as a substitute. “This is not a league for waiting on people,” he said. “My foot is hurt, and it’s banged up. It is not going to get healthy this year. Some days it feels good. Other days you know what I have to go through.”

NOT FORGOTTEN: The injured Jarvis Hayes wore a white T-shirt with a color picture of Michael Jordan — wearing a king’s crown — as he sat on the bench. Been two years now, right?

STANDING IN: In a pinch without a national anthem singer, the Wizards turned to George Mason intern Lauren Curtin, who did a fine job.

— John N. Mitchell

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