- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 4, 2007

Yesterday at Verizon Center


With Gilbert Arenas on the line set to shoot three free throws with 0.1 seconds left in the game and the Wizards trailing 106-104, the setting was eerily reminiscent of Game 6 of last year’s first-round pairing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Cavaliers closed out the Wizards 4-2, and it was partially because Arenas missed a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to play and the Wizards leading 113-112.

In that game, Cleveland’s LeBron James promised Arenas that if he missed the free throws, the Cavaliers would win. James proved to be right.

The Warriors tried similar tactics against Arenas to no avail.

“I told them they just need to go into the locker room and that this wasn’t Cleveland,” Arenas said. “Game over. Go to the bus. Get to the shower. I’m not going to miss these.”

And he didn’t.


2 Consecutive one-point wins by the Wizards. The last time the franchise earned back-to-back one-point wins was in 1986 when the Bullets beat the New York Knicks 106-105 on Dec. 10 and the Detroit Pistons 116-115 on Dec. 12.

— John N. Mitchell

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