Wednesday , Dec , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards try to remain hot against Suns

(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards take aim at their fourth consecutive
win this evening when they continue their four-game homestand against the
Phoenix Suns at the MCI Center.

On Tuesday, Gilbert Arenas scored a game-high 34 points and grabbed seven
rebounds to lead Washington over the Los Angeles Lakers, 94-91.

Caron Butler added 16 points and hit a key three-pointer late in the contest,
as the Wizards rallied from an 16-point deficit to capture their third
straight victory on the heels of a four-game slide.

After Bryant drained a three-pointer to get the Lakers within three points,
Antawn Jamison missed a chance on the other end for Washington, giving the
Lakers an opportunity at the tie. However, Lamar Odom’s three-pointer fell
short with 40 seconds left.

But after Arenas was called for traveling with 16 ticks on the clock, the
Lakers had one more chance.

Coming out of a timeout the ball found its way into Bryant’s hands, but the
All-Star turned the ball over with five seconds left and Washington dribbled
out the clock for the win.

The Wizards, who close their stand with visits from Miami and Houston, are 7-4
in their arena this season.

Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note as well after Steve Nash poured
in 24 points and dished out 12 assists to lead the Suns to an easy 103-89
victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday at the Target Center.

Boris Diaw added a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds on torrid 11-of-16
shooting for the Suns, who have won two of their last three games. Shawn
Marion tallied 21 points and 16 boards while Raja Bell contributed 10 points
for Phoenix.

The Suns, who will be starting a four-game road trip tonight, are 6-4 away
from home this season.

Washington defeated the Suns last week and should have the advantage tonight,
as the home team in this series has won six of the last seven meetings.
Phoenix has also lost five straight and seven of its last eight in DC.