NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Washington
(Wednesday, February 8th)
Final Score: Washington 129, Golden State 124
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas poured in 45 points and Caron Butler netted a season-best 34 to lead Washington to a 129-124 victory over Golden State at the MCI Center.
Butler added a game-high 15 rebounds in one of his best performances since joining the Wizards in an offseason trade, and Washington climbed over .500 for the first time since November 19 with its fifth win in six outings.
Arenas made an impressive 23-of-25 free throw attempts and the Wizards ended 48-of-55 from the charity stripe to snap the Warriors' two-game win streak.
Jason Richardson delivered 31 points while Baron Davis had 28 along with 13 assists for Golden State, which has lost its last six on the road. Mickael Pietrus finished with 18 points and Troy Murphy had 14 along with 12 rebounds in the setback.
Washington held a slim 91-90 edge after the Warriors' Mike Dunleavy knocked down a jumper to begin the fourth quarter, then outscored Golden State 16-4 over the next six minutes to pull away.
Michael Ruffin had six points during the deciding run, which Arenas ended by sinking two free throws for a 107-94 advantage with under six minutes to play.
"We dug down deep," said Arenas. "We got stops early in the fourth quarter, and from there (the Warriors) were just fighting to get back."
Golden State closed the gap down the stretch and pulled within 115-111 when Davis drained a three-pointer with 1:28 left. Washington was able to withstand the charge, however, with its marksmanship from the free throw line. The Wizards hit all 14 of its foul shots over the remainder of the game, with the former Warrior Arenas doing most of the damage.
"It was one of those games," said Richardson afterward. "Neither team played defense tonight. If we could have made a couple of stops, we would have won the game."
Golden State built an early double-digit lead on the strength of an 11-0 run, capped by a Richardson basket with around four minutes left in the first quarter that put the visitors up 26-15. A three-pointer by Pietrus less than two minutes later extended the advantage to 34-21.
The Warriors were up 35-23 with under two minutes to go in the opening period, but Washington reeled off the game's next 12 points to draw even. Awvee Storey ended the surge with a three-pointer in the beginning stages of the second quarter which tied the contest at 35-35.
The game remained tight over the duration of the first half. Golden State led 62-55 following Richardson's bucket from beyond the arc with 1:53 left, but the Wizards scored seven unanswered points and sent the game into the locker room deadlocked when Antawn Jamison knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Neither team was ahead by more than four points during the third quarter.
Arenas finished just two points shy of his career-high of 47 set against Miami on December 30...Butler's 34 points was only one away from his personal-best set with the Heat against Minnesota on March 28, 2003...Arenas spent his first two NBA seasons with Golden State from 2001-03, while Jamison played five years with the Warriors from 1998-2003...Golden State hasn't won on the road since beating Houston on December 31...Washington has won five straight at home and improved to 16-9 at the MCI Center this season.
02/08 23:46:27 ET