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Wizards' Arenas gets over snit to trigger comeback

By wire services
Published February 27, 2004

WASHINGTON - One night after staging a mini-mutiny on offense, Gilbert Arenas had his second career triple double Thursday to lead the Wizards to a 95-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Arenas set aside five days of drama to pick up 21 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists as the Wizards completed rare back-to-back victories. Arenas' first triple double was a 25-12-10 effort against Dallas on Nov. 5.

Wednesday, Arenas didn't attempt a shot until 5:30 remained in a two-point victory at Toronto, and that was only after coach Eddie Jordan threatened to bench him. Arenas has been smarting from comments made Sunday by teammate Kwame Brown, who accused an unnamed teammate of being too selfish with the ball. Arenas responded by criticizing Brown's play.

Arenas' rebounds matched a career high, and the assists were a season high.

Arenas hit two 3-pointers that helped the Wizards make up an 11-point deficit in the third quarter. An acrobatic layup gave his team its first lead of the second half, 67-65 late in the quarter, and Washington never trailed again.

The Bulls activated guard Kendall Gill, on the injured list since Jan. 25 with a strained right Achilles' tendon. Chris Jeffries went on the injured list with lower back pain.

MAVS 115, SPURS 91: Michael Finley opened the third quarter with a dunk and closed it with a swish from behind the halfcourt stripe, bookends to a 46-point quarter for Dallas.

Finley shot 10-of-14, including 5-of-7 on 3-pointers, for 30 points. Dirk Nowitzki added 23, helping the Mavericks win their fourth straight and improve their league-best home record to 26-4.

The Spurs endured their biggest blowout of the season and lost two-time MVP Tim Duncan for most of the second half to a bruised thigh.

OFFICIAL'S ERROR: The NBA acknowledged there was an officiating mistake in the final minute of the Lakers' 112-111 win over the Nuggets on Wednesday.

With the Nuggets leading 111-109, a shot by Denver's Andre Miller appeared to brush the rim and barely beat the shot clock. Teammate Carmelo Anthony got the rebound, but the whistle blew for a shot-clock violation. The officials huddled and ruled it was an inadvertent whistle, resulting in a jump ball.

The Lakers won the tip, leading to Kareem Rush's winning 3-pointer. NBA senior VP Stu Jackson said there shouldn't have been a whistle.

PISTONS: Eight days after trading him to Boston, Detroit re-signed guard Lindsey Hunter, who was waived by the Celtics. Detroit also placed Mehmet Okur on the injured list with a lower back strain.

RAPTORS: Guard Alvin Williams is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his inflamed right knee today and is expected to be sidelined indefinitely.

TIMBERWOLVES: Point guard Sam Cassell might miss tonight's game against Golden State with tendinitis in his left ankle.

[Last modified February 27, 2004, 01:31:31]


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