WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (Ticker) -- Gilbert Arenas
carried the Washington
Wizards for three quarters, keeping them close in a sloppy
affair. Antawn Jamison
did the work down the stretch.
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Arenas scored a season-high 34 points and Jamison scored seven
of his 14 in the closing minutes as the surging Wizards rallied
for a 95-88 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Despite shooting just 34 percent (14-of-41) from the floor in
the first half and getting outrebounded, 50-34 overall,
Washington has won four in a row for the first time since the
"We aren't the old Wizards, we're the new Wizards," Arenas said.
"We can't get compared to them. This is a new bunch, new
faces, new talent, people who are young and they want to win.
"When you have old veterans in here, they've done shut it down
because earlier in their career, they had chances of winning
championships and now they're on a bottom-feeder team; they
don't want to play. But we have young talent that's trying to
prove themselves in this league and they want to win."
Arenas scored 30 points through three quarters, but Larry Hughes
(12 points) was the only other Wizard in double figures and
Washington trailed, 70-69.
"Gilbert, when we needed it, took care of the game," Wizards
coach Eddie Jordan said.
Jamison, who left briefly before halftime after taking a hard
elbow to the face and played with a two stitches in his cheek
during the second half, put together a string of points when
Washington needed it most.
He scored seven points in a 4:27 span, spearheading a 15-4 run.
His jumper with 4:39 remaining gave the Wizards an 81-79 lead,
their first since the second quarter.
"We knew we were coming," said Hughes, who tied his career high
with seven steals and leads the NBA in that category. "Nobody
panicked. We knew we weren't rebounding. I knew I wasn't
making shots and Antawn wasn't making shots. That was their
lead right there. We put in a couple shots, got a couple
rebounds, and then we were in control.
"Once it got tied, it was time for us to take over and pull
Two minutes later, Brendan Haywood
won a jump ball from Tyson Chandler
, then got free under the hoop for a dunk that put
Washington on top for good, 83-81.
banked in a 3-pointer with 60 seconds left to
make it 88-81 and Hughes hit six straight free throws to seal
The Bulls led, 58-47, midway through the third period when point
guard Kirk Hinrich
committed his fourth foul. Once he left the
court, the Wizards scored nine straight points to pull within
"What hurt us was Kirk picking up the two fouls in the third
quarter," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said. "We had a nice little
rhythm going and were playing pretty well when he picked up his
fourth. When he went out, that's when we struggled. We stayed
in the game because we played hard. I can't fault the guys'
effort but playing smart sometimes has something to do with it,
Chandler came off the bench to score 15 points and swipe 21
boards, one shy of his career high. Andres Nocioni
, Eddy Curry
and Hinrich also scored 15 each as the Bulls dropped their
seventh straight at the MCI Center.
Hinrich picked up his fifth foul with 10:17 remaining and fouled
out with 38 seconds left. "It's frustrating," he said. "I've
been in foul trouble a lot this year. I'm doing my best to try
to stay in the game. I make one or two silly ones and one or
two that I don't think are fouls at all. I have to eliminate
the silly ones to stay in the game."
Washington (10-5) is off to its best start since the 1974-75
season. The club has won four in a row at home.
"Character and a willingness to hang in there, defending and
rebounding," Jordan said were the keys to this victory. "At the
start of the fourth quarter we knew if we rebounded the ball we
would win the game. We really got out there and made the