Wizards 114, Jazz 111


WASHINGTON (AP) – Gilbert Arenas had 51 points, including a 3-pointer as the final horn sounded, and the Washington Wizards snapped a two-game losing streak with a 114-111 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday.

In the final 2:09, Arenas hit three 3-pointers and three free throws to eclipse the 50-point mark for the third time in his career, all this season. He shot 14-for-29 from the field and 16-for-17 at the free-throw line. He also had five assists and committed only one turnover in 41 minutes.

It was the seventh time this season Arenas scored 40 or more points and the most points he’s ever tallied at the Verizon Center.

Carlos Boozer’s putback of Derek Fisher’s 3-point airball tied the score at 111 with 11 seconds left.

Arenas took the ensuing inbounds pass and ran the clock down until he launched the game-winner over Deron Williams.

Caron Butler had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Wizards, who won their eighth straight at home and improved to 15-3 at the Verizon Center. Brendan Haywood added his fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Mehmet Okur led Utah with a career-high 38 points and nine rebounds. Carlos Boozer added 27 points and 13 rebounds, giving him five double-doubles in the past six games. Deron Williams added 12 points and 13 assists for his 10th double-double of the season.

After Arenas’ 3-pointer tied the score at 1:06 with 1:40 left, Okur’s 3-pointer gave Utah a 109-106 lead. Arenas responded with three free throws to tie the score with 1:09 remaining.

Jarvis Hayes’ follow shot gave Washington at 111-109 lead with 24 seconds left, but Boozer’s follow tied it at 111, setting the stage for Arenas, who dropped the Jazz to their fourth straight loss.

Antawn Jamison’s 3-pointer capped an 11-0 run that pulled the Wizards to 60-59 with 8:22 remaining in the third quarter.

The Jazz, who led by 16 points in the first half, outscored the Wizards 30-18 in the paint during the first half and led 58-48 at halftime.

Arenas scored less than 20 points for only the fifth time this season during the Wizards’ 93-80 loss in San Antonio on Saturday night. In the games following those subpar performances, Arenas is averaging 35.5 points.

Notes: Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko did not have a shot or a rebound in the first half. His first points came on a pair of free throws with 8:08 remaining in the third quarter. He finished with four points and three rebounds.