Wizards hold off Hawks
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas, despite two offensive fouls
in the final minute, tallied 21 points with seven assists and five rebounds to
offset Joe Johnson’s 33-point performance as Washington held on to down
Johnson had a chance to win the game for Atlanta, but his jumper in the
closing seconds hit the side of the rim, then the loose ball bounced around as
the buzzer sounded.
Caron Butler also tallied 21 points and Antawn Jamison recorded 18 points for
the Wizards, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Butler grabbed eight
rebounds and Brendan Haywood totaled eight points and eight boards off the
Tyronn Lue, who played for Washington from 2001-03, was the other Hawk in
double figures with 18 points. Atlanta has lost six of seven.
With Washington holding a 93-88 advantage, Lue drained a trey with 5:02 left
then Johnson buried a jumper to tie the contest approaching 3:30 to play.
Butler’s three-point play with 1:04 left, Washington’s first field goal in
4:20, made the score 96-93 then Lue made an acrobatic fall-away jumper to draw
the Hawks within 96-95.
The second straight offensive foul called on Arenas gave the Hawks possession
with 38 ticks left, but Josh Smith missed a jumper and Johnson misfired with
just over two seconds remaining.
The Wizards used a 10-2 spurt nearing the end of the first period to take a
30-20 lead. The Hawks drew within one on multiple occasions in the second
period, but ended up trailing 55-49 at the break.
The game was tied at 76-76 entering the fourth stanza, but the Wizards scored
the first eight points of the period to stake claim to the edge. Arenas’
three-point play and Jarvis Hayes’ three-pointer capped the stretch.
Washington shot 47 percent from the floor, while Atlanta made 41.9 percent of
its shots…Washington committed 21 turnovers…Both teams made eight
treys…The Wizards have won nine of the last 10 contests in the series and
the last six in Washington.