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Arenas drops 31 in Washington win over Memphis

Arenas drops 31 in Washington win over Memphis

Gilbert Arenas scored 31 points and the surging Washington Wizards used a big first half to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-101 in the NBA on Tuesday.
The Wizards, who have won 11 of their last 14 games, returned home without missing a beat from a four-game trip in which they averaged 131 points against the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver, Sacramento and Phoenix.
The Wizards scored 45 points in the first quarter, a Verizon Center record for any quarter. It was also a season high, eclipsing the 40 points recorded against the Miami Heat on Dec. 15.
The Wizards set another Verizon Center mark with 77 points in the first half, eclipsing the 71 they tallied on Feb. 26 of last season against the New York Knicks. Arenas and Antawn Jamison both were perfect on three shots from behind the arc and the Wizards shot 59 percent in the half.
Jamison had 26 points and nine rebounds for Washington. Caron Butler added 19 points, six assists and five rebounds. Brendan Haywood just missed his third consecutive double-double with 15 points and nine boards.
Alexander Johnson led Memphis with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Pacers 81, Rockets 76
At Indianapolis, Al Harrington had 23 points and 14 rebounds and Jamaal Tinsley scored 17 points for Indiana.
Tracy McGrady returned to Houston's starting lineup after missing seven games with back spasms and finished with 19 points. He shot 7-for-22 from the field and had seven turnovers, including two critical ones in the final 2 minutes while the Rockets were trying to come back.
The Rockets were playing their first game since All-Star center Yao Ming was lost for at least six weeks with a fractured bone beneath his right knee.
It was the fewest points Indiana has allowed this season. The Rockets fell to 14-7 with McGrady in the lineup.
Pistons 92, Nets 91
At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Chauncey Billups made two free throws with 7.2 seconds left to give Detroit its fifth straight win.
Billups, who missed nine of his 10 shots from the floor, was fouled by Vince Carter on a fast break after Jason Kidd missed a 3-pointer that could have clinched the game for New Jersey.
On the ensuing possession, Carter missed a pull-up jumper with 1.5 seconds to go after a collision that knocked Rasheed Wallace to the court. Nets coach Lawrence Frank argued the call and had to be restrained by assistant coaches from going after the officials at the buzzer.
Detroit got 21 points apiece from Wallace and Richard Hamilton. Carter had 28 and Richard Jefferson added 18 for the Nets.
Bucks 114, Spurs 107
At San Antonio, Michael Redd scored 36 points, and Milwaukee rallied from a 13-point deficit to earn its fifth straight victory.
Redd was 14-of-22 from the floor and made all eight of his free throws as the Bucks won in San Antonio for the first time in five years.
Mo Williams added 23 points, Andrew Bogut 14 and reserve Ruben Patterson 13 for the Bucks.
Tony Parker scored 24 points _ only two in the second half _ and Tim Duncan had 25 for San Antonio.
Timberwolves 100, Bulls 98
At Minneapolis, Randy Foye made a runner with 1.8 seconds left, and Minnesota blew a 25-point lead before beating Chicago.
Foye, who finished with a career-high 25 points, took the ball from Kevin Garnett and drove to the right side before putting a shot over Kirk Hinrich.
Reserve Ben Gordon, who led Chicago with 27 points, drove past Garnett for a layup with 7.1 seconds left to complete a comeback for the Bulls, who trailed 70-45 midway through the third quarter.
Garnett had 26 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota.
Mavericks 97, Bobcats 84
At Dallas, Josh Howard scored 27 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 23 to help Dallas stretch its winning streak to seven games.
Howard went 10-for-19 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Dallas is 9-1 this season when Howard scores 20 or more points.
The Mavericks improved to 21-7, the best record in the league.
Rookie Adam Morrison scored 17 points, Gerald Wallace had 16 and Matt Carroll 14 for Charlotte.
Nuggets 116, Celtics 105
At Denver, Allen Iverson had 28 points and 13 assists to lead Denver to the win.
The point guard played in his second game and picked up his second double-double since being acquired from Philadelphia on Dec. 19.
Earl Boykins scored 28 points and Reggie Evans had 14 points and 14 boards for the Nuggets.
Tony Allen scored 18 points, and Al Jefferson 16 and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Celtics. Gerald Green added 18 points.
Suns 110, Trail Blazers 87
At Phoenix, Leandro Barbosa scored 20 points in a 6-minute span bridging the third and fourth quarters, and Phoenix beat Portland for their 16th win in 17 tries.
Barbosa, who had only two points at halftime and missed four of his five shots, was 8-of-9 in the second half and finished with 22 points.
Shawn Marion led the Suns with 23 points and eight rebounds, Raja Bell added 18 points, Jumaine Jones scored a season-high 13 and Amare Stoudemire had 12.
Zach Randolph topped the Trail Blazers with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Jarrett Jack also scored 18 and Juan Dixon had 13.
Jazz 102, Clippers 92
At Salt Lake City, Mehmet Okur scored 24 points, eight in the final 2 minutes, to lead Utah to the win.
Carlos Boozer had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Deron Williams added 21 points in Utah's first game back home after going 3-2 on a five-game Eastern Conference road trip before Christmas.
Elton Brand scored 21 points and Corey Maggette 19 for the Clippers.
Okur also had 11 rebounds.


Updated : 2020-12-02 15:56 GMT+08:00