What a Memorable Game in the Desert

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 10, 2008

The last time the Washington Wizards played the Suns at Phoenix -- on Dec. 22, 2006 -- the teams engaged in one of the most thrilling games of the 2006-07 regular season.

The Wizards won, 144-139, in overtime as Gilbert Arenas scored 54 points and helped clinch the victory by banking in a three-pointer in overtime. On the same road trip, Arenas scored a career-high 60 points in an overtime win over the Lakers.

The victory over Phoenix helped the Wizards close a four-game road trip with a 3-1 record and snapped the Suns' 15-game winning streak. Suns point guard Steve Nash was nearly as phenomenal as Arenas as he finished with 42 points and 12 assists.

Arenas is on the Wizards' current four-game road trip but isn't expected back in the lineup until after the all-star break. That's too bad for fans: Any matchup featuring Arenas and Nash is bound to strain the scoreboard.

"It's the kind of game you love to play in," Arenas said. "They like to score and we like to score."

Strawberry Update

Former Maryland guard D.J. Strawberry, who was drafted by the Suns in the second round, has appeared in 16 games, averaging 3.1 points.

However, the opportunity for more playing time may come Strawberry's way after the trade that sent forward Shawn Marion and point guard Marcus Banks to Miami for Shaquille O'Neal.

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