Wednesday , Dec , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Arenas and Washington knock off Charlotte

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas continued his hot play as of
late, pouring in 39 points as Washington rallied in the fourth quarter to beat
Charlotte, 114-107.

Arenas also dished out eight assists and grabbed six rebounds, while Caron
Butler posted 25 points for the Wizard, who have won four in a row and 10 of
their last 12 contests.

Antawn Jamison added 17 points and 11 boards for Washington, which improved to
9-1 all-time against Charlotte.

Gerald Wallace had season-highs of 40 points and 14 rebounds for the Bobcats,
who have lost three straight and nine of their last 11.

Trailing 97-93 with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Arenas
nailed one of his five three pointer and Jamison followed with two free throws
to put Washington up 98-97.

Arenas capped the Wizards’ brief 8-0 spurt with another three to put
Washington up 101-97 with three minutes remaining.

Two Wallace free throws brought the Bobcats within 103-101 with 1:12 left in
the fourth, but Arenas answered with a layup and the Wizards hit their free
throws down the stretch to ice the game.

Charlotte trailed 71-61 midway through the third quarter before Wallace caught
fire, ripping off 10 straight points to tie the game at 71-71 with 6:29 left
in the period. The Bobcats took the lead with a 6-0 spurt and held a 83-82
advantage heading into the final quarter.

“Give (the Bobcats) a lot of credit,” said Butler. “They disrupted a lot of
things we tried to do. They got us out of our rhythm. We were able to stay
with it and get over the hump.”

With 11 points from Arenas, the Wizards shot 83.3 percent in first quarter and
led 39-28 at the end of the first quarter. Washington took a 66-56 lead into
the locker room, having shot 71.9 percent from the field in the first half.

“It was a heart-breaker to lose after you fight so hard to get back into the
game,” said Wallace. “But (Arenas) made the shots they needed.”

Game Notes

Raymond Felton had 22 points and eight assists before fouling out for
Charlotte…Bobcats first-round pick Adam Morrison scored 17 points and dished
out five assists.