Arenas, Wizards Recover to Beat Hawks
Washington 114, Atlanta 106 (OT)
ATLANTA, Jan. 14 (Ticker) -- Gilbert Arenas saved all his clutch plays for overtime.
Arenas rebounded from a sloppy fourth quarter to score seven of his 33 points in the extra session as the Washington Wizards won their third straight game, a 114-106 victory over the sloppy Atlanta Hawks.
Arenas registered his 18th 30-point game of the season, but it wasn't pretty. He made 11-of-24 shots but was just 1-of-5 with an untimely turnover in the fourth quarter, when Washington wasted an eight-point lead with eight minutes to play.
After Arenas slipped and traveled, rookie Salim Stoudamire sank a 3-pointer over the All-Star guard to give the Hawks a 99-97 lead with 31 seconds remaining. Jamison rescued the Wizards with a flip from the lane with 18 seconds to go.
"Marvin (rookie Marvin Williams) jumped out and tried to steal the pass," Jamison said. "Once he went for the steal, I was able to drive past him. I had a step on everybody. Once I saw Marvin behind me, it was like the sea parting. I had all day. I took my time and hit the shot."
"In the last part of the fourth quarter, we couldn't get anything right," Arenas said. "We made free throws, which is what got us into overtime. ... Antawn hit a big shot to get us into overtime. From there, we just had to grind it out and make smart plays."
Baskets by Antonio Daniels and Arenas opened overtime and gave Washington a 103-99 lead. A pair of inside baskets by Josh Childress around a free throw by Al Harrington gave Atlanta a 104-103 edge before Arenas drove for a hoop and was fouled.
His free throw gave the Wizards the lead for good with 1:11 to go, and - after Joe Johnson missed inside - sank two more free throws for a 108-104 advantage with 42 seconds left.
"I'm a lucky man to have a guy like Gilbert Arenas," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "He can make shots."
"Gilbert is an outstanding player," said Childress, who inexplicably fouled Arenas on the play. "He's a scorer and our intentions were to try to slow him and Caron down. But unfortunately, we couldn't get it done."
Stoudamire threw away a pass that Daniels turned into a clinching breakaway layup with 35 seconds to play.
"(The turnover) sunk us," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "(Before that,) we were down two with 40-some seconds, and we come down and foul. There's still plenty of time."
Daniels scored 18 points off the bench for the Wizards, who sank 39-of-51 foul shots and converted 23 turnovers by the Hawks into 24 points.
Jordan went back to his old lineup Saturday, re-inserting Jamison and Brendan Haywood as starters and putting Michael Ruffin and Calvin Booth back on the bench.
"In my mind, the bar was raised with Michael and Calvin," Jordan said. "Coming back with the regular starters, I wanted to see if we could meet or exceed it."
Johnson had 23 points and 11 assists, Stoudamire scored 21 points and fellow reserve Childress added 17 and 12 rebounds for Atlanta, which has lost four in a row and eight of 10.
Jamison's shot opened a 93-87 lead with 6:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Washington went nearly six minutes without a basket. Johnson had a three-point play and another hoop to make it a one-point game with 5 1/2 minutes to go.