Arenas, Jamison Power Wizards Past Sixers
Washington 104, Philadelphia 76
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (Ticker) -- A battle of the two highest-scoring trios in the NBA turned out to be no contest at all.
Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler scored 31 of their 66 points in the decisive third quarter as the Washington Wizards pulled away for their season-high fourth straight win, a 104-76 victory over the weary Philadelphia 76ers.
The Wizards' trio entered averaging a combined 63.4 points, while the 76ers' Allen Iverson, Chris Webber and Kyle Korver combined for a league-best 65.9.
But Philadelphia and its three starters, who were instrumental in Friday's emotional 125-124 triple-overtime win over Boston, did not seem to have any legs Monday.
Iverson scored 17 points on 6-of-20 shooting, Webber was held to a season low nine on 4-of-12 and Korver did not score on seven shots. He also had his league-best streak of 28 games of making a 3-pointer halted.
"They beat us in every facet of the game," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "The way we got beat was kind of ridiculous. After halftime, there was no effort. We have to try some different things. You can't use an excuse of a 1 p.m. game. They played a 1 p.m. game as well."
The league's second-highest scoring team this season at 103 points, the 76ers had season lows in points and shooting (33 percent, 26-of-78). They also were outrebounded, 54-39, and forced just eight turnovers.
Their 28-point margin of defeat also was their worst of the season, eclipsing a 119-93 setback Jan. 6 against the Lakers in Los Angeles, the last stop on a seven-game road trip.
"We can score on anybody," Iverson said. "But we have to focus on defense. They were just outworking us. Everybody has to step up, period, for us to be a better team."
Washington held a 47-45 halftime edge before taking over in the third period. Jamison, who was just 1-of-9 from the floor in the first half, came alive with 13 points and Arenas and Butler added nine each as the Wizards outscored the 76ers, 35-17.
"This is how we were playing at the beginning of the season when we were holding teams to 85 points," Arenas said. "If we can keep playing like this, we'll be pretty good.
"We did our job, but when a team is doing badly it's usually because they are breaking down offensively. We were just there at the right time."
Philadelphia went the final 5:51 of the period without a basket as Washington closed with a 15-4 run.
"It's just disappointing," Webber said. "Really disappointing that we lost by a lot like that."
"We couldn't score and we couldn't stop them," Iverson added. "It was just as simple as that. Nothing went right for us."
Butler scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, Arenas had 22 and a season-high 12 assists and Jamison added 21 and 10 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season. Washington's Brendan Haywood had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double and Antonio Daniels added 10 points off the bench.
"Today there was a collective effort," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "We are riding the momentum that we started three games ago. Caron did a really good job defensively. He is really embracing the role that we assigned him as the defensive captain, and we are just riding a wave right now."