Saturday , Nov , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Arenas boosts Wizards past Cavs

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 45 points, and hit
7-of-11 three-pointers to lead the Washington Wizards to a 111-99 win over the
Cleveland Cavaliers.

Antawn Jamison scored 16 and grabbed eight rebounds for the Wizards, who ended
a three-game losing skid. DeShawn Stevenson scored 15, and Caron Butler added
11 and 10 boards for the Wizards.

LeBron James scored 20 points for the Cavaliers, who had a five-game winning
streak snapped. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 points for the Cavs. Anderson
Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic contributed 12 points each off of the bench.

The Wizards took control of the game with a 10-0 run in the last two minutes
of the third quarter, eight of those points coming from Arenas, whose three at
the buzzer gave the Wizards a 93-74 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Arenas’ hot hand continued into the fourth quarter, as he hit two more three-
pointers early on, including one with 9:19 left that put the Wizards up 24,
at 100-76. Washington led by as much as 26, at 111-85 with just over four
minutes left, but the Cavaliers closed the game with a meaningless 14-0 run
that provided the 111-99 final score.

The 45 points were two shy of Arenas’ career high.

The game took a serious turn late in the fourth quarter, as Washington’s
Jarvis Hayes came down hard on his lower back after trying to block a lay-up.
Hayes did not get up, and the game was stopped for the Wizards forward to be
immobilized, and carted off of the court on a stretcher.

The Cavs scored the first five points of the game to take an early lead, but
the Wizards quickly fought back into what was a tight game through the first
half. A Stevenson jumper with one second remaining in the quarter cut the Cavs
lead to 29-26 going into the second quarter.

Jamison scored Washington’s last five points of the half, including a lay-up
at the buzzer that gave the Wizards a 62-58 lead going into halftime.

Game Notes

Arenas is the only player in the NBA with three 40-point games this
season…The Wizards unveiled their new gold and black alternate
uniforms…The Cavaliers bench outscored Washington’s, 50-15.