Wizards Dec. 27 notes on scoring frenzy, Gilbert, tonight's Bobcats game
The Washington Wizards will play the Bobcats tonight in Charlotte on NC8 and WTEM 980 at 7:00. Washington returns home on Friday night to host the Southeast Division-leading Orlando Magic at 7:00 pm.
* Tonight’s game marks the second of four meetings between the Wizards and Bobcats this season. Washington was victorious in the previous meeting — 121-109 on December 1st at Verizon Center. In the Bobcats’ two-year NBA history, Charlotte has just one win against the Wizards; last season’s 100-82 triumph in Charlotte on November 26.
* Washington has scored 100+ points in 11 consecutive games and averaged 118.9 points in those contests. During that eleven-game stretch, the Wizards have improved their record from 6-10 to the current mark of 15-12. If Washington scores 100+ tonight, it will mark the first time that Washington has scored in triple-digits in 12-straight games since the 1989-90 Bullets scored 100+ in the final 16 contests.
* In the last 11 games, Washington has scored a total of 1,308 points. The last NBA team to score more points in an 11-game stretch was the 1994-95 Phoenix Suns; a team that amassed 1,310 points in 11 games from December 26, 1994 - January 17, 1995.
* Washington’s 11-game streak of scoring 100+ points is, more specifically, actually an 11-game streak with at least 106 points. If Washington scores at least 106 again tonight, the Wizards will become the first team since the aforementioned 1994-95 Phoenix Suns to score 106+ points in 12 straight games. That Phoenix squad enjoyed a 14-game streak with 106+ points.
* In the prior encounter between Washington and Charlotte this season, Gilbert Arenas (33 points), Caron Butler (24 points) and Antawn Jamison each scored at least 20 points, and all five Wizards’ starters scored in double figures. Washington is 5-2 this season when Arenas, Butler and Jamison each score 20+, and including last night’s game, the Wizards are now 6-0 in 2006-07 when all five starters score at least 10 points.
* Wizards players Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood are making a homecoming tonight while playing their best basketball of the season. Haywood, who appeared in two Final Fours while at the University of North Carolina, has averaged 9.7 points and 10.6 rebounds over the last seven games as Washington’s starting Center, and helped the Wizards to a 6-1 record in that period. Washington is 5-0 this season when Haywood scores at least 10 points. Meanwhile, Jamison — a Charlotte product and Providence High School grad — has averaged 24.0 points and 11.2 rebounds in the last five games to increase his season averages to 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Jamison’s 55 three-point field goals currently rank 12th in the NBA, and his .401 three-point field goal percentage stands as his career-best mark.
* With his 54-point effort against Phoenix last week, Gilbert Arenas has scored 40+ in a game 25 times in his career, including six times this season. However, with a high of 34 points in nine career games against the Bobcats, Arenas has never scored 40+ against Charlotte.
* Entering play tonight at 15-12, Washington is currently a season-high three games over .500. A win tonight would put the Wizards at four games over .500 for the first time since they were 39-35 after 74 games last season.
* Washington enters play tonight with a season-high tying three-game winning streak. The Wizards have now won three consecutive games on three separate occasions this season, but failed to extend their streak to four games in the two previous instances. Washington’s last four-game winning streak came last season via a five-game streak from February 4-12.
* In other news...Antonio Daniels is now leading the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.16:1)...Washington’s 45 points scored in the first quarter last night established a new Verizon Center record for points scored in a quarter...The Wizards’ 77 first half points also established a new Verizon Center record for points scored in a half...With Gilbert Arenas’ 31 points last night, Washington improved to 12-1 this season when Arenas scores 30+...With DeShawn Stevenson’s 14 points last night, Washington improved to 12-5 this season when Stevenson scores 10+...Last night, Caron Butler’s six steals, Brendan Haywood’s 15 points, and Calvin Booth’s six points, three rebounds and two blocks all established new personal respective season-highs.