WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (Ticker) -- Gilbert Arenas
could not wait to redeem
himself after struggling his last time out.
Arenas scored 24 of his 26 points in the first three quarters to
lead the Washington Wizards to a 102-86 victory over the
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"It's satisfying because this is a new team and everyone is
happy about us winning three in a row," Arenas said. "It's a
totally different team than we had last year. It's a much older
team and we want to win."
Coming off a season-low seven points against the New Jersey Nets
on Saturday -- in which he missed all four of his shots -- Arenas
finished one point shy of his season-high set against the Miami
Heat on Nov. 6.
"It was a good win," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan
said. "I am not
going to think about three in a row. It was a big thing in the
past, especially last year, because we hadn't done it and had
certain opportunities to get three in a row."
Raptors coach Sam Mitchell
felt very differently.
"We didn't put a body on nobody," Mitchell said. "We didn't
move. We didn't box out. We didn't even jump and we have
athletes who never got off the floor. And the ones I'm talking
about, they know who they are because I've told them they need
to quit. It's embarrassing. There's no excuse for us to go out
and play with that kind of effort."
Washington went on a 20-4 run over a 5½-minute stretch of the
third quarter. Larry Hughes' 3-pointer capped the burst and
staked the Wizards to a 72-56 lead. Antawn Jamison
points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Hughes scored 20.
"Our defense was good," Jamison said. "We did a good job of
making them take tough shots."
had a season-high 12 rebounds and Brendan Haywood
pulled down a season-high 11 as the Wizards dominated inside,
holding a 64-47 rebounding edge, including a 26-13 advantage on
the offensive end. Washington also had a 35-8 advantage in
"When you look at them, they don't scare you or shock you in any
way," Toronto guard Rafer Alston
said. "But when you get on the
floor and see how much they attack the offensive glass, it's
amazing. They just keep coming at you."
Toronto, losers of six of seven on the road, opened the fourth
quarter with a 17-4 run that got it within 87-81 with four
scored 25 points and Alston added 20 points and a
career-high 13 assists for the Raptors.
Carter and Alston both offered their takes on what is wrong with
the 5-7 Raptors. Carter even went so far as to agree with
"That's all he (Mitchell) asks of us is just effort, for us to
come out and play hard and just bring it," Carter said. "I guess
he felt that some of the guys weren't giving him the maximum
effort that he wanted, and he has every right to be mad about
"It's the little things," Alston said. "We need to stop teams
from getting so many offensive rebounds and coming up with loose
balls. We don't turn the ball over a lot but we need to make
free throws and set screens to get guys open."