NBA Game Summary - Washington at Golden State
(Monday, December 20th)
Final Score: Washington 103, Golden State 101
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas scored on a driving layup with 0.8 seconds remaining to lift Washington to a 103-101 victory over Golden State at the Arena.
Arenas, who spent two seasons with the Warriors from 2001-03, finished with a game-high 29 points for the Wizards, who had lost three of four coming in.
Two other ex-Golden State players, Larry Hughes and Antawn Jamison, also came through with big efforts against their former club. Hughes delivered 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, while Jamison racked up 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Jason Richardson netted 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Golden State, which fought back from a 14-point third quarter deficit to force a tie in the final seconds. Speedy Claxton added 17 points, while Troy Murphy posted 15 along with 11 boards.
"I was proud of our effort in the second half," said Golden State head coach Mike Montgomery. "I thought the guys battled back, and it was a shame we got a pretty good look towards the end and it didn't go in, and they got a couple tough looks and they did go in."
After Claxton sank two free throws with 17.1 seconds left to knot the score at 101-101, Arenas slowly dribbled to the foul line, faked left, then blew past Mickael Pietrus and went hard to the hoop. He was hacked by Murphy but got the one-hander to fall in right before the final buzzer.
Washington had a seemingly-comfortable 96-85 lead with under five minutes to go, but the Warriors put together a 12-1 run, capped by Richardson's short jumper with 1:36 left, to pull even.
Hughes put the Wizards back on top by draining a 21-footer with 28 seconds on the clock, but Claxton was fouled by Kwame Brown on the following trip down the court and hit both attempts to deadlock the game again.
"They made two very tough plays down the stretch and we didn�t," said Warriors forward Eduardo Najera. "I believe that we lost the game in the first half, it shouldn�t have come down to the last two plays of the game. We just have to put a good game together."
Washington held a 52-41 advantage at halftime and had its biggest cushion of the night at 66-52 with 7:23 remaining in the third quarter.
Up 83-74 heading into the final 12 minutes, the Wizards offense began to sputter and the Warriors started to climb back into it. Golden State opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 flurry and pulled to within 83-80 on Pietrus' jumper with 10:43 to play. However, Washington would score seven straight points over the next three minutes to move farther in front.
The Wizards held a slim 40-37 edge with under four minutes remaining before intermission, then reeled off eight straight points to extend its margin to 11 at the 1:49 mark of the second quarter. Washington was up 50-39 before Claxton's jumper with a minute left got Golden State within single digits, but Arenas' layup just before the buzzer gave the Wizards a cozy 11- point lead at the break.
Arenas and Hughes each buried three-pointers during an 8-2 Washington run which put the visitors up 25-21 after the first 12 minutes.
Jamison spent the first five years of his career in Golden State from 1998-03, while Hughes played 2 1/2 seasons with the Warriors from 2000-02...The Wizards improved to 7-5 on the road...Washington's Michael Ruffin had a season-high 12 rebounds and the Wizards finished with a 50-40 advantage on the glass.
12/21 02:31:14 ET