NBA Game Summary - Utah at Washington
(Saturday, March 19th)
Final Score: Washington 96, Utah 95
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas, who scored all 22 of his points in the second half, sank two free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining to give Washington a 96-95 victory over Utah at the MCI Center.
Larry Hughes had 21 points and Steve Blake contributed 15 off the bench to help the Wizards to their third win in four games.
Andrei Kirilenko racked up 28 points and seven rebounds for the Jazz, who have now dropped nine in a row. Raja Bell added 16 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 18 seconds left, but committed the costly foul which sent Arenas to the line for a the game-winning opportunity.
Arenas, who went 10-of-12 from the charity stripe, gave Washington a 93-92 lead by hitting two foul shots with 29 seconds to go. The Jazz then worked the ball to Bell, who drained an off-balance 15-footer to send Utah back in front near the end of a see-saw fourth quarter.
Following a timeout, Arenas let the clock run down before blowing by Bell, who was whistled for a reach-in with 2.3 seconds showing. The All-Star guard, who was saddled by foul trouble through the first half, calmly made both attempts.
Howard Eisley's outside jumper at the buzzer then missed the mark and sent Utah to its seventh straight road defeat.
Washington was down 48-40 at the half but used an 8-0 run to forge ahead in the third quarter. After a three-point play by Brendan Haywood with 4:32 left in the period tied the contest at 61-61, Arenas drove the lane and scored on the Wizards' next possession for a two-point edge.
The hosts were ahead 68-64 late in the third, but Utah closed out the frame with six straight points. Back-to-back layups from Matt Harpring sent the Jazz into the final 12 minutes with a 70-64 lead.
Harpring ended with 15 points.
Washington again rallied and went up 84-83 on Arenas' three-pointer with just over six minutes to play. Neither team would lead by more than two points the rest of the way and the lead would change seven times before Arenas' deciding free throws.
The Jazz trailed 25-22 early in the second quarter before reeling off 15 consecutive points over a nine-minute stretch. Gordan Giricek keyed the run with a pair of baskets which put Utah on top, while Kirilenko netted eight points to help stake the visitors to a 37-25 advantage with under seven minutes left in the first half.
Washington would regroup and got to within 45-40 after a Blake three-pointer followed by Etan Thomas' short jumper with 13 seconds remaining before intermission. Kirilenko then buried a shot from beyond the arc just prior to the buzzer to send the Jazz into the break with an eight-point cushion.
Kirlienko finished with 19 first-half points, 15 of which came in the second quarter.
Prior to the game, the injury-riddled Wizards signed guard Damone Brown to a 10-day contract. Starters Antawn Jamison and Jarvis Hayes are currently on the injured list, while guard Juan Dixon (sprained ankle) and forward Kwame Brown (flu) both missed Saturday's contest...The Jazz have not won on the road since a 99-92 decision at Houston February 27...Utah fell to 5-23 against the Eastern Conference...The home team has won the last six meetings in the series...The teams will face one another again in Salt Lake City on Thursday.
03/19 22:20:50 ET