Washington, Arenas back on track
(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards try to match a season-high three- game winning streak this evening when they conclude a brief two-game road trip against the lowly Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
On Friday, Gilbert Arenas scored 37 points and dished out eight assists as Washington beat the Indiana Pacers, 94-85, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Caron Butler had 24 points and eight rebounds and Antonio Daniels netted 10 for the Wizards, who have won three of their last four contests.
Arenas, who had scored just 23 points combined in his last two games, shot 12- of-18 from the field and 12-of-14 from the line.
Washington has won three straight twice this season, including the team's first three-game run to open a season since the 1978-79 season.
The Wizards took the lead for good on Arenas' jumper to make the score 82-80 with 3:07 remaining in the final frame, which was part of a 14-3 streak. Seven fourth quarter turnovers, including three in the last 3 1/2 minutes, squashed the Pacers chances of pulling out the home victory.
Washington, which will play three of four at home after tonight's affair, is 5-11 away from home this season.
Washington defeated Atlanta earlier in the season and has won six straight, 12 of 16 and 14 of the last 19 meetings. The Wizards, who have gone over 100 points in their last five matchups with the Hawks, have also had success in Dixie, where they have won five of seven and seven of 10.WAS