Arenas’ sharp shooting leads Wizards over Raptors
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison scored 25
points apiece to lead the Washington Wizards to a 129-109 win over the Toronto
Caron Butler finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who won
their third straight game. Antonio Daniels added 18 points off the bench for
“We were focused from the start of the game to the end,” said Jamison.
Arenas, who came into the game 8-for-43 on three-point tries over his previous
five games, made all five attempts from beyond the arc, on the way to a
9-for-13 shooting night.
“It’s about that time for us to start and make a push,” said Arenas. “We have
a goal that we are trying to get to and we cannot lose games like this
Chris Bosh scored 25 points, but had only one rebound for the Raptors, who
lost their third straight. T.J. Ford and Juan Dixon scored 14 points each for
Toronto, and Jose Calderon added 13 points off the bench.
Arenas caught fire early in the second half, scoring 11 straight Wizards
points to extend an already large lead. The Washington star nailed three
treys, adding a two-pointer for good measure, with the last three pushing the
Wizards lead to 86-64 with 8:25 left in the third quarter. Washington led
101-83 entering the fourth quarter.
The Wizards opened the fourth quarter with eight straight points, and a 14-3
run to stretch their lead to 114-87 with just over seven minutes left.
Two Arenas free throws in the final seconds of the first quarter gave the
Wizards a 31-28 lead heading into the second.
The Wizards were able to put some distance between themselves and the Raptors
in the second quarter, but an Andrea Bargnani three and a Calderon jumper
pulled Toronto within 52-48 with 5:44 left in the half. Washington exploded,
though, ripping off a 17-4 run to blow the game open. Arenas made two treys on
the run, which Brendan Haywood capped with two free throws to put Washington
up 69-52 with 1:35 left.
The Wizards led 71-57 at the half.
Washington dominated on the boards, outrebounding Toronto, 49-27…The Wizards
made 10-of-23 three pointers (43 percent). Toronto made only 4-of-14 threes