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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Wizards Top 10 Moments: Part IV

Continuing to count down the best moments of the 2010-11 season.

4. Nick Young scores 43 against Sacramento

Hula hoop! (Alex Brandon - AP)
Nick Young celebrated the greatest game of his career by taking a cue from Gilbert Arenas. After scoring 43 points in wild 136-133 overtime win over the Sacramento Kings, Young removed his jersey, placed it on the court and took a bow to fans. It was a scene reminiscent of Arenas’s antics after scoring a career-high 60 points in Los Angeles more than four years ago, and Arenas told Young afterward that he learned from the master. Young had a spectacular shooting display, needing just 22 shots to record one of 17 NBA games this season in which a player scored at least 43 points. He had eight games with at least 30 or more points this season, but on Jan. 11, the rim resembled a “hula hoop” and he scored 16 straight points -- including four three-pointers -- to end the third period. Young became the seventh Washington player in the past 20 seasons to score at least 43 points in a game, joining Arenas (19 times), Bernard King (10), Michael Jordan (5), Larry Hughes (1), Antawn Jamison (1) and Tracy Murray (1). It was the most points scored by a Wizard in a game since Arenas had 45 points in a win over Golden State on Dec. 18, 2009.

3. First road win in Cleveland

We’re 1-25! (David Liam Kyle - NBAE/GETTY IMAGES)
The Wizards opened the season 0-25 on the road and had become a laughing stock, a nightly target for derision and one-liners on ESPN’s “Sports Center.” They got hammered, squandered late leads, and lost in every way in between for a few months, but there was always one game on the schedule that had the feel of a must-win – on Feb. 13, in Cleveland, against the league’s worst team at the time. With one of their most focused and determined performances all season, the Wizards thumped the Cavaliers, 115-100 at Quicken Loans Arena. Nick Young had a game-high 31 points as the Wizards ended a 26-game road losing streak overall, dating back to April 9, 2010 in Boston. After scoring 19 points with 14 assists, John Wall said his first career road victory “felt like Christmas.” In an excited locker room, Hilton Armstrong jokingly asked what had been on everyone’s mind: “Where’s the champagne?”

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