- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 11, 2007

Last night at Verizon Center

SEEN AND HEARD

Before the game, Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said that New York guard Stephon Marbury has played perhaps the best and most consistent defense on Gilbert Arenas in the four seasons that Arenas has been a Wizard.

And a look at some of the box scores this season backs him up.

In a 99-98 Wizards victory Jan. 17, Marbury limited Arenas to just 16 points on 4-for-14 shooting. He also limited Arenas to 0-for-5 from the 3-point line as well.

When the Knicks demolished the Wizards in their first meeting of the season Nov. 15, Arenas finished with 22 points but he was just 5-for-19 from the floor and 0-for-7 from 3-point line. Of course, Arenas did go for 38 points against Marbury in a 113-102 victory at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 6, going 13-for-24 from the field.

“I would say that more consistently, for the last four seasons, Stephon has played the best defense against Gilbert in the time that he’s been on the floor,” Jordan said. “You have to give credit where credit is due.”

BY THE NUMBERS

2 Games by which the Wizards lead the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division. The teams meet tonight in Miami.

John N. Mitchell

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