WASHINGTON – Gilbert Arenas had 28 points and five assists, leading the Washington Wizards to a 96-89 victory over the road-weary Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Antawn Jamison had 20 points and 15 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double. The Wizards forward has totaled 88 rebounds in his last six games.

Darius Miles led Portland with 21 points before fouling out with 18 seconds remaining on the play that sealed Washington’s victory. Jared Jeffries stole the ball from Zach Randolph and passed to Jarvis Hayes, who converted a three-point play over Randolph that gave the Wizards a 96-89 lead.

Joel Przybilla had season-highs of 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Trail Blazers concluded a 2-5 road trip – their longest of the season.

After Arenas made two free throws that gave the Wizards an 87-83 lead with 2:19 left, Przybilla scored six straight points to keep the Trail Blazers close until Arenas made a 3-pointer for a 93-89 lead with 34 seconds remaining.

Brendan Haywood added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who are 3-3 against Western Conference teams.

The Wizards went on a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter after playing a sloppy first half that included numerous missed layups, traveling calls and a shot-clock violation.

Portland took an early 10-point lead on a slam follow by Przybilla with 3:25 remaining in the first quarter. The Trail Blazers led by as many as 12 points in the first half.

Washington had a 53-51 lead at halftime, despite not leading by more than two points in the first two quarters.

Former Wizards and Maryland star Juan Dixon entered the game in the final minute of the first quarter and received a rousing ovation. He finished with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 28 minutes.

Steve Blake, another former Wizards and Terrapins player, started the fourth quarter to less fanfare. He was scoreless in 4 minutes.

Notes: Wizards coach Eddie Jordan played 13 games for the Trail Blazers in 1983-84. … Trail Blazers GM John Nash held the same post in Washington for six seasons. … On Singles Night at MCI Center, one fan got a date with Wizards guard Donell Taylor by winning a Dating Game.

AP-ES-11-30-05 2200EST


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