Wizards widen division lead
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
ORLANDO — Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points and Antawn Jamison had 31 points and a season-high 16 rebounds to lift Washington over the Orlando Magic 114-93 Friday night, widening the Wizards' new Southeast Division lead.
The Wizards dealt the Magic their fourth straight loss in a skid that knocked Orlando off the top of the division. Washington, which took the lead after beating the Knicks on Wednesday, now owns a 1-game advantage.
Grant Hill led Orlando with 24 points, while Dwight Howard had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Jameer Nelson added 15 points and seven assists.
Again, turnovers doomed the Magic. Orlando, averaging an NBA-worst 17 giveaways a game, coughed it up 19 times for 29 Washington points, while the Wizards had just seven turnovers.
76ERS 98, HEAT 95 (OT)
Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller each had 16 points and nine assists and host Philadelphia beat Miami after blowing a 17-point lead.
Dwyane Wade had 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Heat. He sent the game into overtime after sinking two of three free throws with 2.1 seconds left in regulation.
Willie Green added 16 points and Samuel Dalembert 15 for the Sixers, who snapped a three-game losing streak and nearly gave this win away after rallying in the fourth.
Miller, who put the Sixers ahead 87-85 on a jumper with 28 seconds left in the fourth, foolishly fouled Wade on a 3-point attempt in the final seconds. Wade, an 82 percent free-throw shooter, missed the first foul shot and sank the next two to send the game into overtime tied at 89.
NETS 101, KNICKS 100
Clifford Robinson tipped in a missed shot with 2.8 seconds remaining, giving New Jersey its fifth straight win over New York at Madison Square Garden.
New Jersey led by 12 points with 3:43 left before Stephon Marbury brought the Knicks all the way back. Ex-Gator David Lee's follow gave New York a one-point lead with 9.7 seconds left, but Robinson saved the Nets from an embarrassing loss when he leaped over Eddy Curry to tip in Vince Carter's miss.
Jason Kidd had 23 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Richard Jefferson finished with 21 points for the Atlantic Division-leading Nets.
Quentin Richardson scored 24 points for the Knicks and Marbury finished with 23, 10 in the final 3 minutes.
JAZZ 102, RAPTORS 94
Mehmet Okur scored 27 points and Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 19 rebounds to lead visiting Utah.
Deron Williams added 16 points and eight assists for the Jazz, who have won two straight following a four-game losing skid.
Chris Bosh had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who had won four of their previous five.
Andre Kirilenko, who has complained about his role in the offense, had eight points, six assists, five rebounds and a key steal down the stretch. Kirilenko stole the ball from Morris Peterson before passing to Matt Harpring for a dunk that made it 100-92 with 51.5 seconds left.
KINGS 96, CELTICS 91
Kevin Martin scored 27 points and Ron Artest added 19 points and 11 rebounds to help visiting Sacramento snap a seven-game losing streak.
Brad Miller had 18 points and Mike Bibby chipped in with 11 for the Kings, whose last win was against New York on Jan. 2.
Delonte West led the Celtics with 25 points, while Al Jefferson had 23 points and 11 rebounds.
BOBCATS 96, HAWKS 75
Gerald Wallace, playing for the first time this month because of a separated shoulder, sparked Charlotte with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Emeka Okafor also posted a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds as Carolina ended the Hawks' three-game winning streak.
The Bobcats, who won three of four against the Hawks last season when the teams tied for last in the Southeast Division, evened this season's series at 1-1. The teams play again Saturday in Charlotte.
Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 19 points and six rebounds.
Minnesota's Kevin Garnett chucked a dead ball at Detroit's Antonio McDyess in the fourth quarter with the Timberwolves and Pistons tied at 70 Friday night, leading to an angry tangle and technical fouls and ejections for both players.
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