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Bobcats down and out in D.C.

By wire services
Published January 29, 2006


WASHINGTON - The Wizards figure it's time to make a move in the Eastern Conference race.

Gilbert Arenas scored 34 and Washington beat undermanned Charlotte 107-97 Saturday night, the Bobcats' franchise-record 11th straight loss.

"We have to take advantage of the opportunity we have here," Arenas said. "We're going to be at home for a while. This is where we can make our climb in that Eastern Conference."

The Wizards, who have won seven of their last 10 games, play six of their next seven games at home. Cleveland is the only opponent with a winning record during that stretch and only Golden State hails from the Western Conference.

Antawn Jamison, who scored 20 or more for the eighth straight game, had 14 of his 23 points in the third. He also grabbed 13 rebounds for his 21st double-double of the season and made a career-high five 3-pointers.

Primoz Brezec matched his career high with 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Charlotte before fouling out with 2:09 remaining. Raymond Felton added 18 points and a career-high 13 assists for the Bobcats, who lost their franchise-record 11th in a row.

The Bobcats were missing 73 percent of their scoring, including four of their top five scorers, because of injuries. They played without point guard Brevin Knight, Keith Bogans, Emeka Okafor, Kareem Rush, Sean May and Gerald Wallace.

Arenas and Antonio Daniels each made four free throws in the final 2:09 to seal the victory.

BULLS 111, HAWKS 99: Ben Gordon scored 10 of his 23 in the final 2:28 as host Chicago held off a strong rally to match a season best with its fourth straight win. Atlanta's Joe Johnson scored 32 of his career-high 40 in the second half as the Hawks chopped a 24-point, third-quarter deficit to five in the final period. But Gordon hit three straight baskets and scored Chicago's final 10 as the Bulls held on.

HORNETS 95, GRIZZLIES 86: David West scored 15 of his 19 in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead a fourth-quarter charge by New Orleans, which connected on 11 of 16 shots in the period to keep the Grizzlies at bay. The Hornets built the lead to 10 early in the fourth, missing only one of their first seven shots.... Hornets owner George Shinn said that with doubts of New Orleans being ready in time, the team should play in Oklahoma City next season.

MAVS 103, JAZZ 89: Dirk Nowitzki shook off a twisted ankle to score 21 and Josh Howard scored 24, leading host Dallas to its season-best eighth straight victory. Utah trailed by seven late in the first and never mounted much of a threat again. Down by nine at halftime, Utah opened the third with a 24-second violation.

76ERS 91, KNICKS 76: Philadelphia's Chris Webber had 21 points and 10 rebounds and John Salmons added 18 points. Allen Iverson, second in the NBA in scoring at 33.6 points per game, sat out with a sprained left ankle after he was injured in the fourth of Thursday's loss against Orlando. Iverson is day-to-day and might not make the trip to Orlando for today's game. Stephon Marbury's 3-pointer pulled the Knicks to 79-71 late in the game after they had trailed by double digits since midway through the second. Andre Iguodala, who scored 16, hit a 3 with 2 minutes left that pushed the lead back to 13 and Philly hung on from there.

SPURS 102, TIMBERWOLVES 88: Tim Duncan scored 28, and host San Antonio used a 13-1 run in the fourth to pull away. A pair of free throws by Eddie Griffin narrowed the Spurs' lead to 85-81 with more than 6 minutes left in the game. Michael Finley then started the decisive run with a 3-pointer and Tony Parker made a jump-hook. Manu Ginobili hit a runner followed by a long 3-pointer and Bruce Bowen added a corner 3-pointer to make it 98-82 with 2:21 left.