Arenas, Jamison Spoil Knicks Home Opener
Washington 86, New York 75
NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (Ticker) -- Gilbert Arenas was hot from the outset while Antawn Jamison saved his best for the end.
Arenas scored 27 points and Jamison had 11 of his 20 in the fourth quarter to lift the Washington Wizards to an 86-75 victory over the New York Knicks.
"Gilbert had the fire in his eyes and he had it going," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "He just edged us on and we rode his coattails."
In the second period, however, the point guard missed all three of his shots and Washington went 4-for-19 from the floor, allowing the Knicks to get within 43-35 at halftime.
"I started off the game 5-of-5 but then I had to sit because of foul trouble," Arenas said. "Then I came in and got a quick one and I wasn't able to keep my rhythm from the first quarter."
New York, which dropped to 0-2 under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, rallied within 43-42 with 8:43 left in the third quarter.
The Wizards again surged ahead, but the Knicks went on a 16-2 run that was capped by a crossover layup by Jamal Crawford with 11:24 remaining that gave New York a 63-61 edge.
"I'm proud of the way we came back," Brown said. "I thought they discouraged us. They made some tough shots. It kind of reminded me a little about Boston in the overtime where we got behind all of a sudden and forgot to play."
However, the Wizards answered with a 14-4 burst over the next four minutes to take control. Arenas buried a pair of 3-pointers during the spurt, but it was Jamison's layup and jumper on consecutive possessions that gave Washington the lead for good.
"In the second half, though, I tried to stay aggressive and I started off a little slow but I caught fire and I stayed with it," Arenas said.
After shooting just 4-of-19 through the first three quarters, Jamison scored nine points in the next six-plus minutes to put Washington ahead 83-73 with 3:05 remaining.
"My teammates got positive and coach showed confidence in everybody - even me," Jamison said. "He said keep shooting. It felt good."
Stephon Marbury scored 19 points for the Knicks, which shot under 33 percent (27-of-82).
"Tonight we came out we didn't play with any energy," Marbury said. "We used all our energy getting back defensively."