OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 20 (Ticker) -- Gilbert Arenas
made it a happy
return to Oakland for the Washington Wizards' Big Three.
Arenas scored 29 points and hit the game-winning layup with less
than a second remaining to lift the Wizards to a 103-101
victory over the Golden State Warriors.
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Arenas, Larry Hughes
and Antawn Jamison
were teammates with the
Warriors during the 2001-02 season, when Golden State finished
21-61, but were reunited in Washington, where they have become
the league's highest scoring trio at 63.2 points per game.
"We try to play that down somewhat," Washington coach Eddie Jordan
said. "We told them that you're going to have some nervous
energy, you're going to have a lot of publicity surrounding
this. But in the end, I thought they scored in the right
"It's fun, we all had good relationships," said Warriors guard
, who also was on the 2001-02 squad. "I had a
good relationship with Larry and Antawn and of course Gilbert.
"It's pretty fun going against them, knowing they're all on the
same team. You're going to try to play good because they're
your former teammates but it's a good feeling. It's a friendly
The Wizards took their largest lead, 66-52, on a basket by
Hughes with 7½ minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Richardson rallied the Warriors, scoring 20 of his 26 in
the second half. His basket with 1:36 left finally drew Golden
State even, 97-97.
Hughes sank a 15-footer on the other end before Richardson hit a
pair of free throws to make it 99-99 with just over a minute to
Richardson then stole the ensuing inbounds pass but missed a
potential go-ahead runner with 50 seconds on the clock. Twenty seconds later, Hughes put Washington back on top with a pull-up jumper over Mickael Pietrus
"(I'm) just stepping up and taking shots," Hughes said. "Getting
looks and moving without the ball, finding a spot on the court
and just knocking them down."
made two from the line to tie the score one last time to
set the stage for Arenas, who drove past Pietrus and converted
a layup with eight-tenths of a second remaining despite being
fouled by Troy Murphy
Following the shot, Arenas danced at center court and
chest-bumped with Hughes as the crowd exited.
"It's the type of finish you just dream of," Arenas said. "You
know, everyone wants to hit the game-winner and do your little
celebration, so it's great I hit it against (those) guys, but I
"If (Arenas is) not the quickest, he's probably the
second-quickest guy in the NBA," Richardson said. "He made a
good move. It was good defense. Some players just have that
mentality. He's just one of those guys that gets to the rim at
Arenas, who also hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Wizards a
52-41 lead at the half, intentionally missed the free throw to
seal the victory.
Jordan credited Arenas' maturity for the surprising success of
the Wizards (14-9), who own the second-best record in the
"He's matured so much," Jordan said. "It's incredible and
that's why we're where we are. His maturity as a point guard,
as a scorer and as a teammate."
Hughes scored 25 points and Jamison added 18 and 11 rebounds for
Washington, which improved to 3-1 on the road vs. the Western
Conference this season. The Wizards recorded just two road
victories against the West in 2003-04.
Murphy had 15 points and 11 boards and Claxton chipped in 17
points for the Warriors, who have lost four straight.
"I was proud of our effort in the second half," Golden State
coach Mike Montgomery
said. "I thought the guys battled back.
We got a pretty good look towards the end and it didn't go in
and they got a couple of tough looks and they did go in. That's