In honor of today being NBA Stadiums Blog Day, I give you Gilbert’s best performance at each NBA stadium.
Philips Arena (Hawks) – Gilbert goes for 37 points on 14 of 19 shooting from the field leading the Warriors to a 116-113 win.
TD Banknorth Garden (Celtics) – In a 108-91 win, Gilbert puts up 38 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals.
United Center (Bulls) – He only scored 16 points, but his final two points gave the Wizards the win at the buzzer against the Bulls in Game 5 of the opening round of the 2005 playoffs. In his career, Gilbert only has two victories at the Verizon Center.
Quicken Loans Arena (Cavaliers) – In the opening round of the 2006 Playoffs, Gilbert puts up 30 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds in a 89-84 win to help the Wizards even up their series with the Cavaliers.
American Airlines Center (Mavericks) – Gilbert has never won in Dallas, but he certainly did enough on January 18, 2005 when he put up 43 points in a losing effort.
Pepsi Center (Nuggets) – Gilbert goes for a double-double with 36 points and 11 assistsas the Wizards beat the Nuggets 116-110.
The Palace of Auburn Hills (Pistons) – Gilbert plays 53 minutes and puts up 39 points and 8 assists in an epic, double OT win over the Pistons.
Oracle Arena (Warriors) – 40 points and 10 assists got the job done (and then some) against the Warriors in a 116-98 win.
Toyota Center (Rockets) – The Wizards ended up two points short against Houston, but Gilbert’s 27 points and 11 assists kept it close.
Conseco Fieldhouse (Pacers) – Gilbert shot 66% from the field, scoring 37 points in a 94-85 win against Indiana.
Staples Center (Lakers & Clippers) – I think you know which one it is:
Target Center (Timberwolves) – In his final performance before undergoing a second knee surgery, Gilbert put up 27 points and had 8 dimes as the Wizards beat the T’Wolves 105-89.
American Airlines Arena (Heat) – Gilbert must have something against flying AA since he’s never won at either arena sponsored by the airline. A 27 point, 7 rebound, 7 assist performance in a 4 point overtime loss will have to do here.
FedEx Forum (Grizzlies) – Gilbert has only made 2 trips to the arena that was built in 2004 and in those two duels he’s 0-2. However, his 37 points in his last performance should give him something to work with the next time he’s in Memphis.
Bradley Center (Bucks) – The Wizards ended up losing 138-133 on this night, but his 30 points, 7 assists, and 6 boards didn’t hurt.
New Orleans Arena (Hornets) – Gilbert has never won at NOA, so let’s go with his 30 points and 12 assists in a tight two point loss to the Hornets.
Izod Center (Nets) – New Jersey has traditionally owned the Wizards, so there’s not a lot to pick from here, but there’s a lot of people that would settle for a 26 point and 6 assist performance.
Madison Square Garden (Knicks) – Like many of the greats of the NBA, Gilbert put on one of his best performances in New York City, nailing 6 three-pointers en route to a 38 point game as he led the Wizards to a 113-102 win.
Amway Arena (Magic) – In a 111-102 win, Gilbert contributed 31 points on 8-16 shooting from the field and 12-13 from the charity stripe.
Wachovia Center (Sixers) – Gilbert nailed 5 treys in an 83-80 win, his last one gave the Wizards broke the tie and gave the Wizards the win at the buzzer.
US Airways Center (Suns) – The Duel in the Desert.
Rose Garden Arena (Blazers) – Gilbert went for 28 points on 11 of 17 from the field in a 114-106 win over Portland.
ARCO Arena (Kings) – Gilbert has only won win at Sacramento, but he made the most of it, putting up 30 points, 7 assists, and 8 rebounds in a 7 point win.
AT&T Center (Spurs) – Like the other two Texas arenas, Gilbert has yet to get a win at the AT&T Center, but he came close in 106-99 loss where he put up 31 points and 8 assists.
Key Arena (Sonics) – Gilbert does have some memories of the Ford Center from the Hornets stint in OKC, but I get the feeling that it’s more likely he’ll remember his best game at Key Arena:
Air Canada Centre (Raptors) – A 27 point, 5 assist performance doesn’t blow anyone’s mind, but he played a key role in a 114-109 overtime win.
EnergySolutions Arena (Jazz) – His 31 points led all Wizards in a 109-97 win over Utah.
Verizon Center (Wizards) – There’s many you could choose from here, but I think his 19 points and 7 assists that helped clinch the Wizards’ first playoff series victory in over 20 years would have to go down as his greatest memory at the phone booth.