NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Washington
(Wednesday, January 26th)
Final Score: Washington 117, Philadelphia 107
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas collected 33 points, nine assists and six rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 117-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the MCI Center.
Antawn Jamison chipped in 23 points and seven boards for Washington, which has won four in a row and 11 of its last 13 contests. Juan Dixon netted 22 points for the Wizards.
"We can't be happy about where we are," said Arenas. "We have more things to accomplish. Everything that we have done to this point is nice, but there is no glory in half-season standings."
The 76ers played without star guard Allen Iverson, who is suffering from a strained left shoulder. He is listed as day-to-day. Willie Green started in Iverson's place and poured in a career-high 32 points, including 13 in the first quarter.
Kenny Thomas contributed 17 points and seven boards and Kyle Korver ended with 15 points for Philadelphia, which lost for only the second time in its last five games.
John Salmons' jumper early in the fourth quarter staked the 76ers to an 89-82 lead. Washington then answered with a 9-0 run, keyed by five points from Dixon, to grab a 91-89 advantage with 9:45 left.
The game went back-and-forth over the next several minutes and Philadelphia found itself ahead 98-97 following a dunk by Andre Iguodala with 6:39 remaining.
The 76ers then went cold from the field and started turning the ball over. The Wizards took advantage by going on an 11-0 burst, highlighted by six points from Jamison, to take a 108-98 lead with 2:52 left.
Philadelphia got no closer than eight points the rest of the way and fell behind by as many as 13.
"(Iverson) obviously plays with a lot of heart and a lot of intensity, but just because he's not here doesn't mean that we're not going to show that same heart," said Korver. "I thought we really did a good job until halfway through the fourth quarter. Those turnovers and those offensive rebounds were the story of the game."
Washington scored the first eight points of the game, but then watched Philadelphia go on a 16-5 spurt, capped by Korver's three-pointer, to take a three-point lead.
The 76ers increased their advantage to 25-21 on Green's driving layup, but Arenas banked in a shot from beyond the mid-court stripe at the buzzer to pull the Wizards within a point.
Washington then began the second quarter with a 13-4 surge, culminated by Jarvis Hayes' three-pointer, to move in front 37-29.
Philadelphia battled back and cut the deficit to 39-38 on a free throw by Green midway through the period. Arenas then answered with a three-point play on the next possession to ignite an 8-2 run that pushed the margin back to seven at 47-40.
The Wizards eventually carried a 58-52 advantage into the locker room. Arenas ended the first half with 14 points, while Green led the 76ers in the opening 24 minutes with 19.
Philadelphia opened the third quarter with an 18-6 burst to grab a 70-64 lead. Green, Iguodala and Thomas each had four points during the run.
Washington then responded with a 9-2 spurt, ignited by Arenas' layup, to regain a one-point lead with 4:52 remaining in the period.
The game was later tied at 77-77, before Green sank a pair of foul shots and Korver followed with a three-pointer to give the 76ers a five-point advantage. Philadelphia held an 87-82 lead after 36 minutes.
Prior to the game, the Wizards placed guard Larry Hughes on the injured list. Hughes fractured his thumb during a game against Phoenix on January 15 and was expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks. Meanwhile, the club activated guard Steve Blake from the injured list and he scored three points in four minutes...Dixon missed the previous game with the flu...Salmons finished with 12 points...Hayes had 12 points and teammate Jared Jeffries added 11 for the Wizards, who have won eight straight at home...The 76ers have still captured eight of the last 11 meetings between the two teams.
01/26 23:11:44 ET