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Arenas can't miss against Spurs

By wire services
Published November 13, 2005


WASHINGTON - Gilbert Arenas couldn't seem to miss. Tim Duncan couldn't make a shot.

Arenas made 11 of his first 12 from the field, including a 30-footer off the glass at the third-quarter buzzer, and scored 43 points to lead the Washington Wizards past a lackluster Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs 110-95 Saturday night.

Duncan connected on his first two attempts from the floor but then missed 15 straight shots, failing to connect again until a tip-in with just under 6 minutes left in the game. He wound up 3-for-18 for 11 points and had 14 rebounds.

When the three-time NBA Finals MVP missed two straight putbacks early in the fourth quarter, he punched the air. He then quickly committed a foul at the other end and was replaced. Manu Ginobili scored 28 points and Tony Parker added 23, keeping the Spurs in the game until late in the third quarter.

San Antonio missed its first seven attempts of the fourth quarter as Washington put it away.

Arenas went 15-for-20 on field-goal attempts and came up one point shy of his career high of 44 points, set last season against Philadelphia.

GRIZZLIES 85, HAWKS 84: Pau Gasol's tip-in at the final buzzer lifted Memphis to victory over winless Atlanta.

Shane Battier scored a season-high 22, and Bobby Jackson added 17 for Memphis.

Officials reviewed the play to confirm there was still time on the clock when Gasol tipped in the miss of a 3-pointer by Mike Miller.

Johnson led the Hawks with 17 points, Josh Smith added 14 and rookie Marvin Williams 12.

BUCKS 103, PACERS 102: Mo Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Milwaukee rallied to win at home. The Pacers missed 10 free throws down the stretch as the Bucks charged back from a 96-82 deficit.

Michael Redd hit three free throws to cut the Bucks' deficit to 101-100 with 7.3 seconds left. Indiana's Fred Jones was fouled on the next possesion, but made only one free throw. Redd led the Bucks with 28 points. Jermaine O'Neal had 27 and Ron Artest added 24 for the Pacers.

ROCKETS 99, NETS 91: Tracy McGrady, recovering sooner than initially expected from back spasms, scored 20 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead visiting Houston over New Jersey.

The five-time All-Star played in the Rockets' season-opening victory over the Sacramento Kings and was projected to miss three weeks. Instead, he was out only three games, all losses.

Jason Kidd led the Nets with 20 points and 9 rebounds.

HEAT 108, BOBCATS 99: Jason Williams scored 22, Dwyane Wade added 19 and Alonzo Mourning 16 to lead Miami over visiting Charlotte. Forward Antoine Walker, who had started 487 consecutive games, came off the bench for 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Bobcats trailed by 20 points with 2:10 remaining in the game before making the final score close. Sean May led Charlotte with 18 points as the Bobcats lost their fourth straight. Bobcats leading scorer Gerald Wallace (right wrist) missed his second straight game.

MAVERICKS 109, HORNETS 103: Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 and Jason Terry added 26 to lead Dallas over New Orleans in Oklahoma City. Chris Paul led the Hornets with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting. The Hornets drew a capacity crowd of 19,163 for the second time in three home games.

BULLS 103, JAZZ 98: Luol Deng scored 21 and Kirk Hinrich added 19 and 11 assists to lead host Chicago.

Mehmet Okur had 33 points and 17 rebounds for Utah, which played most of the game without Andrei Kirilenko after he injured his left ankle early in the second quarter.

Bulls fans applauded Jazz rookie Deron Williams when he entered the game in the second quarter. Williams, who led Illinois to the NCAA finals last season, finished with 13 points.

SUNS 101, WARRIORS 86: Shawn Marion had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Raja Bell scored 20 for Phoenix. Baron Davis scored 23 for the Warriors, who at times used a four-guard attack.