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Arenas carries Wizards over his former team


The struggling Wizards entered Oracle Arena with a 6 game losing streak and the NBA record for the most consecutive games decided by 4 points or less hoping that they could finally get a win on their West Coast road trip. Although the Warriors have also struggled, losing 10 of their last 12, they had the home-court advantage that they hoped would make a difference.

The game started off poorly for the Wizards with an 0-5 start from the field and a 10 point deficit. But Arenas caught fire after an early timeout by scoring 19 points, 7 assists, and a block in the first quarter. With Arenas carrying them, the Wizards took a commanding 8 point lead going into the second quarter by a score of 39-31. The 39 points for the Wizards were the most points they had scored to start a game this season.

The Wizards came out firing in the second quarter, but gave Arenas nearly a 10 minute break. The largest lead for the Wizards was a solid 12 points, but the Warriors gained the momentum once Arenas and Jamison were both taken out, taking the lead with 3:50 left in the half by a score of 51-50. Jamison, who was injured at the 8:09 mark when Stephen Curry and himself were tangled up, was taken out to examine his neck. He later returned with 4:45 left to help Arenas and company win the see-saw battle at the half by a score of 60-59.

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Jamison did not come out with the team to start the second half, but did return at the 8:03 mark. Before his return, the Warriors had the momentum on their side and took the lead once again. However, Butler led the Wizards in the second half, along with Jamison’s return, to another solid lead to begin the 4th quarter.

At one point in the 4th quarter, the Warriors had the deficit down to 1 point, but the Wizards were too strong, having four players with a double-double. Arenas finished with a solid 45 points and 13 assists and Caron Butler had a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds. For the Warriors, Monta Ellis had 30 points for the eighth game this season along with 7 assists.

This was a solid win for the Wizards who desperately needed it. The performance of the team showed that the Wizards are tough to face when they are playing at their best. The Wizards finish their west coast road trip in Phoenix against the Suns on Saturday.



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By: Sawyer Bowen
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