The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 February 2006

The Kardiac Kids

The Hornets were down 17 at the half, down 19 early in the third quarter, and refused to lie down and die; a David West shot with 0.2 second left won it.

(I wrote four different versions of the opening paragraph in the last minute and a half: that's how wild this game was.)

Let it be said that Gilbert Arenas was incredible — he got 43 points — and that Washington played as hard as it's possible to play. And yet: Hornets 97, Wizards 96.

West got 19 points; all five starting Bees hit double figures, and Speedy Claxton, starting at point guard again while Chris Paul recuperates, got the double-double with 16 points and 10 assists.

And the new number-three point guard, Moochie Norris, just arrived from the Rockets in a swap for Maciej Lampe and "cash considerations," suited up and put in six minutes: he picked up a trey, a rebound, and an assist.

The last game before the All-Star break is Wednesday, against Portland. The Bees are now 28-23 overall and 16-6 since the first of the year.

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