Arenas Can’t Stop This Heat Streak
Gilbert Arenas’ career-high 47 points weren’t enough to end the Washington Wizards’ streak of futility against the Miami Heat, who made it 14 in a row over their Southeast Division rivals with a 128-113 victory Friday night at Washington.
Dwyane Wade scored 34 points, Shaquille O’Neal had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Antoine Walker had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, who shot 55% and pulled away in the fourth quarter for their highest scoring output of the season.
Arenas made 15 of 29 shots goals and 13 of 14 free throws and carried his team through three quarters, but he went one for six in the fourth quarter as part of the team’s five-for-22 slump.
Wade got past Antonio Daniels for a dunk, then Walker’s three-point basket started a 12-0 run that put the Heat ahead, 111-98, with 5:42 to play.
Caron Butler scored 19 points on four-for-15 shooting for the Wizards, who have lost two in a row after winning their first three since he was promoted to the starting lineup.
Toronto 99, Indiana 97 -- The Pacers led by as many as 16 points in the second half at Indianapolis, but the Raptors took a 95-93 lead on a Mike James layup with 1:37 left. James scored again, then Morris Peterson scored after a steal to give Toronto a 99-93 lead with 41 seconds left.
New Jersey 99, Atlanta 91 -- Vince Carter scored 37 points and reserve guard Jacque Vaughn had six late in the fourth quarter at East Rutherford, N.J., to help the Nets extend their winning streak to eight games. It’s the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history and six short of the record set in 2003-2004.
Phoenix 110, Charlotte 100 -- Former Clipper Eddie House made back-to-back three-point baskets during a fourth quarter run to help the Suns pull away in a game at Charlotte, N.C., that was tied 19 times. In all, House scored 12 of his game-high 26 points in the quarter.
Orlando 107, Minnesota 87 -- Jameer Nelson scored a season-high 25 points and Dwight Howard had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his 20th double-double of the season to lead the Magic past the Timberwolves at Orlando, Fla.
Milwaukee 113, New York 108 -- Mo Williams, starting at point guard while T.J. Ford sits out two weeks because of a sprained foot, scored 30 points for the Bucks, who improved to 14-1 when scoring more than 100 points. The visiting Knicks fell to 7-21 -- matching their worst start since 1986-87 -- and fell into last place in the Atlantic Division, percentage points behind Toronto (8-22).
Golden State 111, Dallas 109 -- Baron Davis scored a season-high 34 points, including the go-ahead basket with .5 of a second left to give the visiting Warriors their third win in 26 meetings with the Mavericks. His 21-foot shot from the left wing gave the Warriors their first lead of the quarter. Jason Terry missed a 20-footer at the buzzer that would have tied the score.
Sacramento 116, Boston 112 -- Ricky Davis had a season-high 33 points for the Celtics, who made a strong second-half comeback but dropped to 2-11 on the road with their third consecutive loss to open a five-game trip. Mike Bibby had 33 points and 10 assists for the Kings.
Memphis 93, Portland 90 -- The Trail Blazers got to within two points, 90-88, on Ruben Patterson’s put-back with 18.9 seconds left at Portland. But Eddie Jones increased the lead to four with two free throws before Portland’s Juan Dixon made a layup to pull the score to 92-90. Bobby Jackson made one of two free throws with 10 seconds left and the Trail Blazers missed a chance to force overtime when Zach Randolph missed a three-point shot at the buzzer.