NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Washington
(Friday, December 29th)
Final Score: Washington 112, Orlando 111
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas erupted for 36 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the surging Washington Wizards edged the Orlando Magic, 112-111, at the Verizon Center.
Antawn Jamison posted a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds while Caron Butler scored 20 for the Wizards, who have won five in a row and eight of nine. With the win, Washington takes a slight lead over the Magic for first place in the Southeast Division.
"They are one of the hardest teams in the league to defend," said Magic coach Brian Hill.
Hedo Turkoglu, Dwight Howard and Keyon Dooling each netted 20 points for Orlando, which has dropped four in a row. Howard also grabbed 12 boards, while Trevor Ariza donated 18 points off the bench.
The game went down to the wire, with Jamison giving the Wizards a slim 107-104 lead after a pair of free throws with 3:42 on the clock.
However, Howard countered with a pair of free throws of his own, and Jameer Nelson followed with a driving layup to put the Magic up by a point.
Jamison made a return trip to the charity stripe on the ensuing possession and went 1-of-2 to knot the game at 108-108. The Wizards then came up with a defensive stop, and capitalized on the other end with a Butler jumper to reclaim the lead.
Jamison again drew a foul on the next series and drained both tries to up the advantage to 112-108 with 12 seconds remaining.
Dooling answered with a three-pointer with three seconds left to pull his team within one, but Orlando was unable to get the ball back.
The Wizards finished a high-flying first half down 63-59, but outscored their opponent 26-19 in the third quarter to move in front by three.
"We're playing great basketball right now," said Arenas. "That's the rewarding part for us."
Nelson had 15 points and five assists in the loss...The Wizards improved to 11-3 at home...The Magic dropped to 7-8 on the road...Jamison has seven double-doubles on the year.
12/29 23:47:13 ET