Friday , Jan , 05 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Arenas strong again as Wizards top Clippers

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 29 of his 35 points in
the first half as Washington cruised past the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-105.

Arenas also dished out 12 assists to go along with seven rebounds and four
steals for the Wizards, who have won seven of their last eight and 13 of their
last 16 games.

Caron Butler scored 27 points for Washington, while Antawn Jamison ended with
19.

“(Arenas) was doing a great job distributing the basketball and making some
big shots,” said Butler. “He did a good job of playing good basketball
tonight. He played real solid, and everyone was just making shots and feeding
off his energy.”

Elton Brand had 29 points and 12 boards for the Clippers, who dropped to 1-2
on their current six-game road trip.

Courtesy of a 10-2 run to close out the first quarter, the Clippers held a
39-29 lead after the opening 12 minutes.

Corey Maggette’s layup early in the second quarter gave LA a 44-31 lead before
Arenas and the Wizards finally caught fire. Washington answered with 12
consecutive points to draw within a point before closing the first half out
with a 12-2 spurt to take a 66-57 lead into the locker room.

Arenas’ three-point play with under a second remaining capped the second
quarter and gave the versatile Washington guard 29 points in the first half on
11-of-16 shooting. Washington outscored LA 37-18 in the decisive second
quarter.

“We had a big run in the second quarter and guys were making big shots and
making plays on the defensive end,” said Arenas. “The game changed and we
seemed to be more aggressive as the game went along.”

Washington led by as many as 17 in the third quarter and took a 93-80 lead
into the final period. The Clippers pulled within 10 early in the fourth
before the Wizards won going away.

“(Arenas) got really hot so we started sending more guys at him to try to slow
him down,” said Brand. “Then Caron Butler got hot, Jamison hit some big shots,
and that’s what they do. They are playing really well right now.”

Game Notes

Chris Kaman had 17 points and 10 rebounds for LA, while Maggette finished with
15 points off the bench…Shaun Livingston had 19 points and Tim Thomas 14 for
the Clippers…Brendan Haywood finished with 13 points and 12 boards for the
Wizards…LA committed 20 turnovers.

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