- The Washington Times - Friday, January 20, 2006

Last night at MCI Center:


0 Turnovers Gilbert Arenas committed, marking the first time this season he has played a turnover-free game.


“Feel my hands. The ball doesn’t get knocked out of my hands.”

—Wizards forward Caron Butler, making a point in the fourth quarter to referee Mark Wunderlich that he thought he was fouled on a drive


Considering all that has gone on in New Orleans, it’s amazing the Hornets find themselves in the position they do.

Despite being relocated to Oklahoma City following Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets entered last night game with a better record (19-19) than the Wizards (17-20).

Their success has to be credited to three players in particular, all of whom are in the running for postseason awards.

Former Wake Forest guard Chris Paul, who spent part of his summer here working out with Arenas, is putting up numbers (16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals) that have him running away from the field in Rookie of the Year competition.

Forward David West, averaging 16.9 points and 7.9 rebounds, has to be in the running for the Most Improved Player honor, and Speedy Claxton, averaging 13 points, 4.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds, is going to be in the running for the Sixth Man Award.

—John N. Mitchell

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