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NBA: Washington 90, Chicago 86

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- John Wall pumped in 27 points, distributed nine assists and grabbed eight rebounds Tuesday in the Washington Wizards' 90-86 win over Chicago.

NBA: Washington 109, Toronto 92

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- Bradley Beal sank six 3-pointers en route to 24 points off the bench Sunday in the Washington Wizards' 109-92 win over Toronto.

NBA: Washington 107, Memphis 94

WASHINGTON, March 25 (UPI) -- John Wall pumped in a career-high 47 points, distributed eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds Monday in the Washington Wizards' 107-94 win over Memphis.

NBA: Washington 127, Phoenix 105

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- Washington's Martell Webster poured in a career-high 34 points Saturday and the Wizards blew out Phoenix 127-105.

NBA: Cleveland 95, Washington 90

CLEVELAND, March 12 (UPI) -- Dion Waiters and Alonzo Gee combined for 37 points Tuesday, propelling the Cleveland Cavaliers over Washington 95-90.

NBA: Minnesota 87, Washington 82

MINNEAPOLIS, March 6 (UPI) -- J.J. Barea gave Minnesota a late three-point lead Wednesday and Luke Ridnour added two free throws to bring the Timberwolves an 87-82 win over Washington.

NBA: Washington 90, Philadelphia 87

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- John Wall heated up down the stretch Sunday, netting the final six points of the game to carry the Washington Wizards over Philadelphia 90-87.

NBA: Washington 105, Houston 103

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Emeka Okafor and Bradley Beal each sank a free throw in the closing seconds Saturday, boosting the Washington Wizards over Houston 105-103.

NBA: Washington 119, Denver 113

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Martell Webster scored five points during a 13-0 run to open the third quarter that lifted Washington to a 119-113 victory over Denver.

NBA: Detroit 96, Washington 85

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Greg Monroe's double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds Wednesday sparked the Detroit Pistons to a 96-85 victory over Washington.

NBA: Washington 102, Milwaukee 90

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Washington's Bradley Beal pumped in 28 points and Nene added 21 and 13 rebounds Monday in the Wizards' 102-90 win over Milwaukee.

NBA: Washington 98, LA Clippers 90

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Martell Webster connected on five 3-pointers en route to 21 points Monday and Washington kept the Los Angeles Clippers on the skids with a 98-90 win.

NBA: Philadelphia 92, Washington 84

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Jrue Holliday led the way with 21 points Wednesday and put an end to a Washington comeback, bringing Philadelphia a 92-84 victory over the Wizards.

NBA: Sacramento 96, Washington 94

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Isaiah Thomas drained a 9-foot running shot with 1 second to go Monday, giving the Sacramento Kings a 96-94 victory over Washington.

NBA: Washington 86, Chicago 73

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Nene put in 16 points and Emeka Okafor was potent at both ends of the court Saturday in the Washington Wizards' 86-73 victory over Chicago.
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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)
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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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