NBA: Washington 98, Portland 95

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Jordan Crawford took over in the fourth quarter Monday, draining a 3-pointer at the buzzer to hoist the Washington Wizards to a 98-95 win over Portland.

NBA: Washington 120, Orlando 91

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Emeka Okafor's 19 points and 11 rebounds Monday staked Washington to its first three-game winning streak of the season with a 120-91 victory over Orlando.

NBA: Washington 101, Oklahoma City 99

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Bradley Beal sank a clutch basket with 0.3 seconds remaining Monday, boosting the Washington Wizards to a 101-99 decision over Oklahoma City.

NBA: Dallas 103, Washington 94

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Vince Carter went 9-for-14 from the field en route to 23 points Tuesday and the Dallas Mavericks rallied past Washington 103-94.

NBA: Chicago 88, Washington 77

CHICAGO, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Marco Belinelli came off the bench to score 17 points and Carlos Boozer added a double-double Saturday in the Chicago Bulls' 88-77 win over Washington.

NBA: Cleveland 87, Washington 84

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A 3-point play by Tristan Thompson put Cleveland in front with 24 seconds to play Wednesday and the Cavaliers rallied late to down Washington 87-84.

NBA: Orlando 90, Washington 83

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- J.J. Redick hit four 3-pointers Wednesday and Orlando took advantage of a late-game Washington drought to defeat the Wizards 90-83.

NBA: Washington 84, Portland 82

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Emeka Okafor put Washington in front with 39 seconds to play Wednesday and the Wizards held on to win for the first time this season, 84-82 over Portland.

NBA: Indiana 89, Washington 85

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Paul George and Gerald Green combined for 35 points and 15 rebounds Saturday in the Indiana Pacers' 89-85 victory over winless Washington.

NBA: Cleveland 94, Washington 84

CLEVELAND, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Kyrie Irving popped in 29 points and Anderson Varejao hauled down 23 rebounds Tuesday in Cleveland's season-opening 94-84 victory over Washington.

NBA: Sacramento 100, New Orleans 92

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- DeMarcus Cousins provided a double threat with 28 points and 19 rebounds Monday, powering the Sacramento Kings to a 100-92 win over New Orleans.

NBA: Miami 109, New Orleans 95

MIAMI, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 22 points Monday and the Miami notched their fifth win a row with a 109-95 decision over New Orleans.

NBA: Atlanta 94, New Orleans 72

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Jeff Teague scored 24 points for Atlanta Sunday and the Hawks kept New Orleans on the skids with 94-72 rout of the struggling Hornets.

NBA: San Antonio 104, New Orleans 102

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Tim Duncan hit a go-ahead basket in the closing seconds Monday, boosting the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-102 win over New Orleans.

NBA: Dallas 83, New Orleans 81

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Delonte West and Lamar Odom made up for the absence of Dirk Nowitzki Saturday, combining for 32 points in Dallas' 83-81 win over New Orleans.
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Emeka Okafor
Charlotte Bobcats forward Emeka Okafor against the Cleveland Cavaliersat the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004. (UPI Photo/Nell Redmond)

Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi Okafor, abbreviated as Emeka Okafor (eh-meh-KAH oh-KAH-FOR) (born September 28, 1982), is an American basketball player of Nigerian descent playing at power forward and center for the New Orleans Hornets of the National Basketball Association. Prior to the NBA, Okafor attended Houston's Bellaire High School, and the University of Connecticut.

Okafor was born in Houston, Texas. Both of his parents are natives of Nigeria, and Emeka was the first member of his family born in the United States. His father, Pius Okafor, is a member of the Igbo ethnic group. Okafor's family moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma when he was young because his father worked for Phillips Petroleum Company, headquartered in Bartlesville. While in Bartlesville, Emeka's father Pius took his son to the Bartlesville YMCA to learn the game of basketball. As a child growing up in the Houston area Okafor idolized Houston Rockets shooting guard Clyde Drexler and has said he models his game after fellow Nigerian pivot Hakeem Olajuwon, though he grew up admiring Clyde Drexler.

Okafor played at Bellaire High School with future Oklahoma State star John Lucas III. Okafor averaged 22 points, 16 rebounds and 7 blocks in his senior season. Bellaire was 26–5 in that season, losing 56–42 in the third round of the 2001 UIL state playoffs, to Willowridge High School and future Texas standout T. J. Ford. This game is particularly notable, however, because it featured five players who would go on to play in an NCAA Final Four (Bellaire had Lucas and Okafor, while Willowridge featured Ford, Oklahoma State's Ivan McFarlin and Duke's Daniel Ewing). All five of these players would eventually go on to play at least a season in the NBA.

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