NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Washington
(Sunday, February 12th)
Final Score: Washington 107, Philadelphia 97
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas dropped 27 points and dished out four assists to lead Washington to an easy 107-97 win over Philadelphia at the MCI Center.
The All-Star was a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe for the Wizards, who extended their longest winning streak of the season to five games. Caron Butler was also outstanding for Washington, netting 21 points, pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out four assists.
"We finished the home stand on a good note," said Wizards coach Eddie Jordan. "I thought that we did a decent job defensively in the second half on Allen (Iverson). We rebounded well, we were able to drive in the lane, and we got to the free throw line."
Antawn Jamison added 18 points and six boards while Antonio Daniels had 17 points in the win.
Iverson led the struggling Sixers,who lost their third straight and for the fifth time in their past six outings, with a game-high 33 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Chris Webber added a double-double with 24 points and 13 boards and Kyle Korver had 12 points off the bench in the loss.
"You just have to want to do it," Iverson said after the game. "I don't know how but I know that it has to be done. I know if we get frustrated and start turning on each other that it is only going to get worse."
Washington broke the game open with a dominant third quarter. The Sixers were no match for the hot shooting Wizards, who outscored Philadelphia 32-19 in the frame to take an insurmountable 84-65 cushion into the fourth.
The Wizards really focused their offensive game plan on finding and exploiting Korver, the Sixers' three-point specialist who lacks competent defensive skills.
Jamison's running finger roll capped a 15-6 Washington spurt that made it 67-52 midway through the quarter.
Just over four minutes later, a pair of Brendan Haywood free throws gave the Wizards their largest lead of the night, 80-59.
The Sixers tried to close the gap in the fourth quarter.
Iverson's lay-in with 4:11 left on the clock brought the Sixers to within 12, 93-81, but five straight Washington points put the Wizards firmly back in control.
"We lost a little handle on the game," said Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks. "There have been some games where we have played better and there have been some games where we haven't shown up. Certainly this has not been a good place for us to play."
The Sixers held a slim 24-22 lead after the first 12 minutes. Iverson's stuck a jumper at the buzzer to close Philadelphia to within six, 52-46, at the half.
Daniels led the Wizards with 12 off the bench while Iverson paced the Sixers with 21.
Andre Iguodala also reached double figures for Philadelphia with 10 points...Washington is 18-9 at home this season. The Sixers, who will host Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, are 9-14 away from home this season...The Wizards won the battle of the boards, 44-41.
02/12 18:00:04 ET