Thursday , Jan , 13 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Washington Wizards Team Report – January 13

=== Washington Wizards Team Report – January 13 ===

(Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes each scored 26 points to
lead Washington to a 104-100 win over Portland at the MCI Center.

Arenas’ bucket with 24 seconds left gave his club the lead and his steal and
dunk on the ensuing inbounds pass extended the Wizards’ lead, as Washington is
seven games over .500 (20-13) for the first time in 20 years (January 30,
1985).

Hughes also had nine assists and six steals for the Wizards, who ended a five-
game homestand undefeated to post their first five-game winning streak since
January 31-February 7, 2002.

Brendan Haywood tallied 13 points and nine rebounds, while Antawn Jamison had
11 points and six boards for Washington, which won despite blowing a 13- point
lead.

Hughes gave Washington a one-point lead on a running jumper with 55 seconds on
the clock, but Theo Ratliff’s follow-up dunk off a Nick Van Exel miss gave
Portland the edge with 36 seconds left.

On the ensuing inbounds, Arenas caught the Blazers napping and took it the
length of the court to again regain the lead for Washington. After a time out,
he stole the inbounds pass intended for Van Exel and took it down the court
for the easy dunk that gave Washington a 101-98 advantage to secure the win
with 20 ticks showing.

Arenas ended with two steals and no turnovers, as Washington ended the game
with 21 assists and only nine turnovers as a team.

Prior to the game, the Wizards activated forward Etan Thomas from the injured
list. Thomas had been sidelined all season with an abdominal strain suffered
during training camp and was placed on the injured list prior to the start of
the season. He missed the Wizards’ first 32 games. In 13 minutes, he made 2-
of-6 shots and missed all three free throws while grabbing four rebounds.

To make room for Thomas on the roster, the Wiz placed former No 1 pick overall
Kwame Brown on the injured list with an injured right ankle.

The Wizards will return to action on Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

WAS