Friday , Feb , 23 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 43 points and
Washington overcame a monumental collapse in the fourth quarter and a waived-
off three-pointer at the buzzer by Sacramento’s John Salmons to post a 109-106
win at the Verizon Center. In what proved to be a crazy ending, the Wizards
blew a 17-point final quarter lead and nearly gave the game away, but
managed to pull out their third straight win. Caron Butler ended with 25
points and DeShawn Stevenson had 21 for the Wizards, who swept the season
series from Kings for the second straight year. Ron Artest scored 32 and
Mike Bibby had 30 for the Kings, who lost for the fourth time in five games.
Brad Miller had 13 rebounds.

Final Score: Chicago 84, Cleveland 78

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Luol Deng scored 18 points, and Ben Wallace
had a 14-point, 19-rebound, seven-block performance as the Chicago Bulls
outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers, 84-78. Ben Gordon scored 16 points and
grabbed seven boards for the Bulls, who won their second straight. Kirk
Hinrich added 11 points for Chicago, which snapped a six-game skid at
Cleveland. LeBron James scored 29 points and pulled down seven boards for
the Cavs, who had won two in a row, and five of six entering the game. Larry
Hughes finished with 20 points and eight rebounds for Cleveland.

Final Score: Dallas 112, Miami 100

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki posted 31 points and 11
rebounds, as the red-hot Dallas Mavericks and defending world champion Miami
Heat met for the second and final time in the regular season, with the Mavs
earning their 10th straight victory, by a 112-100 count at American Airlines
Center. Miami was severely short-handed. All-Star guard Dwyane Wade could be
sidelined several weeks because of a dislocated left shoulder suffered in
Wednesday’s 112-102 loss at Houston. Jason Terry scored 21 points for the
Mavericks, who have won 31 of their last 33 games overall. Jerry Stackhouse
scored 18 points and Devin Harris added 17 points for the Mavericks, who
opened a three-game homestand, and are an impressive 25-3 as the host
this season. Dallas, which played its first game since the All-Star break,
continued to roll and are an NBA-best 45-9. Shaquille O’Neal and James Posey
both scored 17 points for Miami, which lost for only the third time in 10
games. Jason Williams and Dorell Wright both scored 13 points, and Udonis
Haslem and Chris Quinn both added nine.