| The Comeback Wiz |
Wednesday, January 12, 2005; Page D8
Nov. 3 at Memphis
19-point deficit in first half
Wizards trail 41-22 when Grizzlies forward Bonzi Wells hits a three-pointer with 6 minutes 39 seconds left in the second quarter. Forward Antawn Jamison matches Grizzlies' output with 22 points during a 54-22 run, and the Wizards take a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter. With only eight players available because Gilbert Arenas, Larry Hughes, Brendan Haywood and Anthony Peeler are serving suspensions, the Wizards win at the debut of FedEx Forum. Jamison scores season-high 34 points. Juan Dixon scores season-high 28.
Nov. 17 vs. Boston
12-point deficit in fourth quarter
110-105 win in overtime
Wizards blow a 17-point first-half lead and are behind 84-72 at the start of the fourth quarter. Arenas, Hughes and Jamison combine to score 12 points during a 15-3 run over the next 4:08 to tie the game. Jamison scores 27, Arenas has 25 and Hughes 21.
Nov. 26 at Philadelphia
Nine-point deficit with 6:11 left
116-114 loss in overtime
Hughes and Arenas provide all the scoring during a 13-2 run over 2:11 as the Wizards erase a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Philadelphia 76ers. They even take a short-lived 95-93 lead after a dunk by Hughes. Jarvis Hayes sends the game into overtime with a three-pointer at the buzzer. The Wizards lose when Allen Iverson steals an inbounds pass and scores with 0.2 seconds left. Coach Eddie Jordan misses this game and the Raptors game two days later after being hospitalized with a blood clot in his left leg.
Nov. 28 at Toronto
Nine-point deficit with 2:55 left
114-109 win in overtime
The Wizards trail 97-88 with 2:55 left after Raptors swingman Jalen Rose hits a three-pointer, but they close regulation on a 12-3 run. Hughes and Hayes hit three-pointers, Arenas hits a left-handed layup and a fallaway jumper, and Hughes sends the game into overtime with two free throws with 0.8 remaining. Hughes scores 21 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and records his first career triple-double with 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Dec. 4 vs. Chicago
11-point deficit in third quarter
The Wizards fall behind 56-45 with 7:47 left in the third quarter when Bulls forward Luol Deng hits two free throws. But Arenas, Hughes and Jamison provide all the scoring during a 16-5 run over the next 3:43 to tie the game at 61. Wizards outscore the Bulls, 35-27, the rest of the way. Arenas scores 34 points.
Dec. 10 vs. New York
Eight-point deficit with 6:51 left
After Knicks guard Jamal Crawford hits 19-foot jumper, the Wizards trail 97-89 with 6:51 left. But it takes just three minutes to go on a 10-0 run and take a two-point lead when Jamison hits a three-pointer. Washington prevails when Brendan Haywood completes a three-point play with seven seconds left. Jamison has 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high-tying seven assists.
Jan. 4 vs. New Jersey
11-point deficit in third quarter
The Nets lead 64-53 when Jason Kidd hits a 13-foot jumper with 7:18 remaining in the third quarter. Arenas and Hughes combine for 26 of Wizards points in outscoring the Nets 59-25 for the rest of the game. Hughes matches his season high with 33 points.
Jan. 8 vs. Minnesota
Six-point deficit with 1:49 left
The Wizards trail 114-108 with 1:49 left when Timberwolves forward Latrell Sprewell sinks two free throws. Arenas gets Wizards started on a 9-0 run to close out the game when he hits a three-pointer. Jared Jeffries helps hold Kevin Garnett scoreless in the final two minutes. Arenas scores a season-high 40 points, Hughes has 28 and Jamison adds 23.
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