WASHINGTON – Antawn Jamison had 30 points to lead the short-handed Washington Wizards over the Portland Trail Blazers 109-91 on Saturday night.

About an hour before the start of the game, the Wizards said that Gilbert Arenas, who had surgery on his left knee in April, would miss the game with soreness in his knee.

Jamison, who entered the night averaging 17.8 points, third on the team behind Caron Butler and Arenas, picked up for his injured teammate.

Jamison’s shooting wasn’t spectacular. He was 8-for-19, but he made four 3-pointers – three in the first half. Jamison’s season-high scoring mark enabled Washington to win its fourth straight game – the first time they’ve won four straight since Jan. 15-20.

The Wizards began the season 0-5.

Antonio Daniels started in Arenas’ place and had 10 points and 10 assists, but it was Nick Young, the Wizards’ first-round draft choice, who took advantage of Arenas’ absence. After not scoring more than five points in his first six games, Young had 17 points in 15 minutes.

An 11-0 run put Washington up 11-2 in the first 5 minutes. The Trail Blazers, who are 0-6 on the road, were 1-for-9 from the field. Portland then scored the next seven points to rally.

But Jamison, who had six points in the first quarter and nine in the second, helped the Wizards built a 47-38 halftime lead.

Brendan Haywood, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds, began the third quarter with a 3-point play, and Washington extended its lead to 63-44 midway through the quarter on Jamison’s 3-pointer.

Portland, which blew a 25-point lead in Friday’s loss in Philadelphia, was led by LaMarcus Aldridge with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jarrett Jack also had 18 points.

Before the game, Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said he was eager to have another game within 24 hours.

“It’s a sick feeling,” he said of the loss, and he tried to reinforce that by insisting his team watch the tape of Friday’s second half on Saturday morning.

Notes: Arenas has scored 30 or more points in a game against every NBA team – except Portland. Haywood’s double-double was his sixth of the season. He had seven last season. Washington’s margin of victory was its largest since beating New Orleans 125-103 on March 17.

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