Arenas scores 42, Washington tops Seattle to maintain division lead
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas scored 42 points and banked in
the winning scoop shot at the buzzer, as Washington maintained the lead in the
Southeast Division with a 108-106 victory over Seattle.
Antawn Jamison added 21 points for the Wizards, who kept their half-game
advantage on Miami in the division, as the Heat won at Atlanta earlier on
Wednesday. Washington won for the third time in four games and beat the
SuperSonics for the sixth time in the last seven meetings.
“It was the same as yesterday. I wanted a lay-in instead of a floater,” Arenas
said in reference to Tuesday’s 100-98 loss at Portland when he missed a
potential tying shot at the buzzer. “I was just lucky I made the shot. They
did a great job on the boards, but we were able to pull it out.”
Chris Wilcox tallied 27 points and 22 rebounds for Seattle, which has dropped
six of its last seven games. Rashard Lewis ended with 26 points and 10
rebounds, while Earl Watson scored 15 for Seattle.
The Sonics played without All-Star guard and leading scorer Ray Allen, who has
pain from bone spurs in his left ankle. He could be out the remainder of the
Immediately after Lewis sank two free throws to tie the game, Arenas dribbled
into the lane by Watson, threw the ball up with his right hand over an
outstretched Wilcox and it caromed off the glass and through the basket as
“I wanted to make him drive and hopefully get some help,” Watson said. “I did
not want him (Arenas) to take the shot behind the three because he has been
hitting it all season.”
Andray Blatche had 12 points and Darius Songaila added 11 for the Wizards.
Damien Wilkins and Luke Ridnour each had 12 points for Seattle, while Nick
Collison had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Jamison hit a three-pointer to give the Wizards a 103-101 lead with 1:13
remaining, but Lewis came back with a three 10 seconds later.
Arenas then missed a reverse layup, but Ridnour couldn’t connect on a
three-pointer. Antonio Daniels leaked out on a fast break, was fouled by
Ridnour and hit two free shots for a 105-104 Washington lead with 22.2 seconds
Lewis drove to the basket, but Michael Ruffin knocked the ball away. Lewis
tried to get it back, but as he held the ball in his right hand, his left was
touching the end line, giving the Wizards possession with 14.6 seconds
Songaila hit a free throw for Washington, before Lewis sank two foul shots
with 10.6 seconds left to square the contest, setting up the dramatic finish.
Washington led 26-19 after one quarter and held a 47-43 edge at the half. It
was 77-76 going into the final quarter. Wilcox hit a desperation three at the
end of the third.
Arenas went 13-of-24 from the field and also had seven assists. He went 6-
of-12 from three-point range…Washington went 11-of-31 from beyond the
arc…Seattle outrebounded the Wizards, 55-35.