NBA Game Summary - Seattle at Washington
(Friday, November 11th)
Final Score: Washington 137, Seattle 96
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas scored 32 points to lead seven Washington players in double figures as the Wizards pounded the Seattle SuperSonics, 137-96, at the MCI Center.
Caron Butler scored 24 points off the bench and Antawn Jamison added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who turn right around and host the defending champion San Antonio Spurs Saturday night.
Washington shot 59 percent from the floor and converted on 33-of-41 from the foul line, while notching 31 assists on 48 made field goals.
The Wizards, off to a 4-1 start, set MCI Center records for points in a quarter, scoring 42 in the second, and points in a half after reaching 71 at the break.
Washington's Princeton-style offense, which emphasizes movement and backdoor cuts, led to 60 total points in the paint, and every Wizard player but Calvin Booth scored.
The 137 points were the most Washington has scored since December 29, 1990.
Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis scored 17 points apiece and Luke Ridnour added 16 in the defeat.
The SuperSonics, which have lost three straight, shot only 40 percent from the floor and made just 30 percent (7-of-23) from beyond the arc.
After leading 29-25 after one quarter, Washington started the second on a 10-2 spurt, capped by two assists from Butler. He dished it to Jarvis Hayes for a reverse lay-in, then found Etan Thomas on a delayed fast break for a two- handed slam with 9:50 left.
The Wizards gradually took control during the second, increasing the lead to as many as 25 points on several occasions. A Brendan Haywood lay-in off of Arenas' sixth assist gave the Wizards a 66-41 advantage with 2:05 left in the half.
Behind 19 points from Arenas and 17 from Jamison, the Wizards built a commanding 71-49 halftime lead. They shot 58 percent for the half while holding Seattle to 33 percent.
Transition offense was a key to the first half, as Washington's secondary break led to 34 points in the paint and 24 free throw opportunities.
The Washington bench contributed 20 first-half points and Jamison had nine rebounds.
Allen and Ridnour scored 13 and 11 points respectively in the first half, but Allen struggled from beyond the arc, going 1-of-6.
The lead in the second half reached 41 late in the game. The Wizards continued the hot shooting after intermission and the Sonics never got closer than its halftime deficit.
Sonics head coach Bob Weiss knows his team must play better on both ends if it wants to start winning games.
"It (losing games) definitely concerns you and affects you as a head coach. If I take my time, step back, I know we're going to be okay. But let's go, let's get it going," said Weiss.
The Wizards led by four points after one quarter thanks to a great start from the floor. Arenas, Butler and Jamison were a combined 7-of-12. Seattle hung around by crashing the boards for five first-quarter offensive rebounds. Lewis was 4-of-8 for nine points to keep the Sonics within striking distance.
The defeat capped the first time since its inaugural 1967-68 season that Seattle lost three straight by 20 or more points...Seattle was being outscored by 13.75 points per game coming into the contest, which ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring margin...The Wizards have won four straight versus Seattle and five of the last six contests...Seattle's largest lead was one early in the first quarter...Washington had a 30-12 advantage on fast-break points.
11/11 23:37:18 ET