Jamison stars as Wizards best Kings
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison scored 31 points and grabbed
eight rebounds while Gilbert Arenas contributed 23 points, as the Washington
Wizards defeated the Sacramento Kings, 117-107, at the newly-named Verizon
Caron Butler added 22 points and Antonio Daniels scored all 12 of his points
from the free throw line in the Wizards’ first victory in four games. Donell
Taylor donated 10 points in the win.
Ron Artest led Sacramento with 30 points and Kevin Martin sprang for 20 points
and seven rebounds. Brad Miller contributed 18 points and Mike Bibby poured in
16 points, as the Kings’ three-game winning streak was halted.
“When you play against teams like Washington, you can not have too many
mistakes,” said Artest. “Tonight we made too many mistakes.”
Washington led 33-28 after the first stanza and quickly increased its
advantage on the heels of a 10-2 burst. Etan Thomas scored six of his seven
points during the stretch and his hook shot in the lane gave the Wizards a
43-30 edge with 9:02 to play.
The lead grew to 64-48 just out of halftime on Jamison’s basket with 10:44 to
play in the period, but Sacramento fought back and cut the deficit to 81-75 on
Kenny Thomas’ jump shot with 2:08 remaining.
Another Kenny Thomas’ basket with 8:27 left in the fourth period got the Kings
within 92-88, but the Wizards ripped off six consecutive points capped by
Butler’s free throw with 7:09 on the clock.
Washington eventually seized a 108-95 advantage after Michael Ruffin tipped-in
Daniels’ missed layup, and the Wizards cruised to victory from there.
“We played well tonight,” said Arenas. “We felt we had it in control at the
end, and we just had to make some free throws. It was very important to get
this win. With about 24 games left, we need every win we can get.”
Kenny Thomas recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in
defeat…Washington made 8-of-19 from beyond the arc and 29-of-35 from the
charity stripe…Sacramento fell to 9-20 away from home…The loss snapped the
Kings’ three-game winning streak against Washington…The Wizards’ Eddie
Jordan became the 10th active coach with at least 100 wins as head coach of
their current team…The arena officially changed names on Sunday following
the merger of Verizon and MCI. It had previously been called the MCI Center.