Gilbert Arenas has saved some of his best games this season for when he faces Western Conference opponents.

On Monday, though, Arenas will be looking to bounce from a recent stretch of poor shooting from the field when the Washington Wizards host the Seattle SuperSonics, who will try to avoid a franchise-record 15th straight road loss.

Arenas has reached 40 points in a game seven times this season, and his three best efforts have come at the expense of Western foes.

Arenas had a career-high and franchise-record 60 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 17. Five nights later, the star guard had a 54-point performance against Phoenix and he scored 51 against Utah on Jan. 15.

Washington (27-19) won all three of those games and is 6-1 this season when Arenas scores at least 40. The only loss came Dec. 9 against Houston despite Arenas' 41 points.

Though he's headed the All-Star game later this month, Arenas has struggled to find his shot over his last four games. He's shooting just 39.3 percent (33-of-84) from the field, but has drained 45 of 52 free throws to average 30.8 points in that span.

He was just 9-of-29 from the field for 37 points in Washington's 118-102 loss to the Lakers on Saturday. Arenas downplayed his rematch with Kobe Bryant - who scored 39 points - and said afterward he was too serious.

"I've got to stop doing that serious thing before the game," Arenas said. "I've got to be my goofy self. I was too serious, and I think that's why I struggled early. I'm usually having fun. I'm out here telling jokes, listening to jokes, running around, punching on people, the usual. It was one of those times I was trying to focus in, but it backfired. Lesson learned."

Washington has won three straight at home over Seattle, including a 137-96 rout on Nov. 11, 2005 behind 32 from Arenas.

The SuperSonics (17-30), meanwhile, look to end their worst stretch of road play since dropping 14 straight over two seasons from March 1976-Dec. 1977.

The Sonics' 4-18 road record is the second-worst in the league behind Memphis' 3-20 mark. They haven't won on the road since beating the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 22.

Seattle dropped its fourth straight overall, 107-101 to Chicago on Friday. Ray Allen scored 29 points on just 9-of-28 shooting and Nick Collison added 20 and 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double in 11 games.

The losing has created speculation on whether coach Bob Hill would be join Mike Fratello and Dwane Casey as the third coach to be fired this season.

"I look at my position very realistically," said Hill, who's been fired by San Antonio and Indiana in his nine-year coaching career. "You know, when you get fired, you don't die. You don't die."

The Wizards have lost two straight since learning that Antawn Jamison, who's averaging 19.3 points, will be out three-to-six weeks with a sprained left knee.


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