Thursday , Dec , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Arenas shouldering the load for Wizards

(Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas has been sensational for the Washington
Wizards in the early portion of the season. However, his Wizards have been
inconsistent to say the least.

Arenas, who ranks fourth in the league in minutes played per game (40.9),
leads the team with 27.7 points-per-game and has scored in double figures in
every game this season. He has also gone for at least 34 points in three of
the Wizards last five games.

Washington, meanwhile, comes into tonight’s tilt with the Indiana Pacers on a
winning note after Arenas poured in 37 points and dished out nine assists to
lead the Wizards to a 119-111 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors on
Tuesday at the MCI Center.

In Washington’s other overtime win this season, a 120-114 double-overtime
victory at Detroit on Nov. 25, Arenas scored 39 points and had eight assists
in 53 minutes.

Jarvis Hayes scored six of his season-high 21 points in overtime and also had
eight rebounds, as Washington won for the second time in three contests.
Antawn Jamison totaled 26 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the
Wizards, while Jared Jeffries added 14 points and 10 boards.

Hayes, who was held without a point in Friday’s loss to Milwaukee, became the
first player in the NBA this season to score 20 or more points in a game after
going scoreless in the previous game.

Washington, which will host the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, is 3-5 away from
home this season.

The Wiz split the four-game season series with the Pacers last season, but
have struggled in Indiana, where they have dropped 13 of 15 and 22 of 25.