NBA Game Summary - New York at Washington
(Saturday, February 25th)
Final Score: Washington 110, New York 89
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas poured in 46 points in just three quarters, as Washington routed New York, 110-89, at the MCI Center.
"I told everybody at the All-Star break: Eastern Conference, I'm coming for you," Arenas said. "I'm the Eastern Conference assassin right now; it's a tour from city to city."
Arenas finished the game 13-of-16 from the floor, 7-of-10 beyond the arc, and 13-of-14 from the free throw line. Arenas finished one point shy of his career-high mark.
Antonio Daniels scored 14 points for the Wizards, who have won three in a row and eight of their last 10. Antawn Jamison added 13 points.
Stephon Marbury netted 15 points for the Knicks, who have lost three straight, 13 of 14. Quentin Richardson and Jackie Butler added 10 points apiece.
Marbury left the game 55 seconds before halftime with a left shoulder injury and did not return.
The Knicks failed to get their first win in the Steve Francis era. Francis, who was acquired from Orlando earlier this week, made his Knicks debut Friday night in a 94-90 loss to the New Jersey Nets. Francis contributed just nine points and two assists in 27 minutes for New York, losers of 19 of 21.
Arenas, who scored a career-high 23 first-quarter points, drained a trey with 7:49 to go that capped a 13-4 Washington run to start the game. The Wizards took a 38-27 lead into the second quarter.
Jamison scored a jumper at the first-half buzzer to tie Washington's season high of 71 first-half points, and cap a 17-5 run to close the final five minutes of the stanza. The Wizards held New York to just 45 points in the first half.
Washington outscored New York by one point in the third quarter to take a 93-66 lead into the fourth.
"Arenas was phenomenal," New York coach Larry Brown said. "He had 46 points in 30 minutes. What was indicative of our team was that Malik [Rose] was the leading assist guy with three in 20 minutes, and we had 28 turnovers."
New York outrebounded Washington 44-34, but the Knicks committed 28 turnovers, compared to 18 by Washington.
The struggling Knicks will continue on the road for their next two games, with trips to San Antonio and Memphis. New York has dropped 10 straight on the road and is just 4-23 as the guest this season. Its last win on the road was at Cleveland on January 10.
Washington has won nine straight at the MCI Center and owns a 20-9 mark for the season. It earned the franchise's longest home winning streak since winning 15 consecutive games from February 9 - April 7, 1989.
The Wizards lead the season series 2-1. Washington won the first meeting by an 86-75 score in New York on November 4, but the Knicks posted a 113-92 triumph at Madison Square Garden on January 6.
02/26 01:48:54 ET