|Washington's Gilbert Arenas hits one of his three 3-pointers in the final 2:09 over Utah's Derek Fisher (center) and Mehmet Okur. (PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Arenas (51) beats buzzer, Jazz
Finishing burst spells end for Utah
Gilbert Arenas had 51 points, including a 3-pointer as the final horn sounded, and the Wizards snapped a two-game losing streak with a 114-111 victory over the Utah Jazz yesterday at Washington.
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.
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
Timberwolves 94, Pistons 90 -- Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Ricky Davis scored 21, and Mark Blount made a key 3-pointer to give Minnesota an overtime win at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Blount's 3-pointer -- just his fourth of the year -- beat the shot clock with 12.8 seconds left to give Minnesota a 92-88 lead.
Richard Hamilton, who scored 32, made free throws on the ensuing possession to pull the Pistons within 2 before Garnett sealed the win at the line.
Lakers 124, Heat 118 -- Kobe Bryant scored 6 of his 25 points in overtime, Brian Cook also had 25 including the go-ahead 3-pointer, and host Los Angeles snapped Miami's season-high four-game winning streak.
Bryant added eight assists -- the last one setting up Cook for a 3-pointer that gave the Lakers a 117-114 lead with 2:34 left in overtime.
The Heat drew within 1 point twice after that, but Bryant answered with a basket the first time and two free throws the second, with 37.2 seconds remaining.
Suns 137, Grizzlies 122 -- Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 42 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Phoenix at Memphis.
Stoudemire was 15 of 21 from the field and 12 of 13 from the line as six Suns finished in double figures.
The run-and-gun teams combined for 148 points in the first half, and both shot above 58 percent from the field in the first two quarters.
Nets 105, Pacers 95 -- Vince Carter scored 31 points, and Jason Kidd added 19 and narrowly missed his second triple-double in three games to lead host New Jersey.
Carter and Kidd (10 assists, 9 rebounds) started the fourth quarter on the bench after helping New Jersey build an 88-63 lead through three quarters, then had to return when Sarunas Jasikevicius's 3-pointer pulled Indiana to within 15 (95-80) with less than six minutes remaining.
Mikki Moore, who had 19 points off the bench, scored 5 consecutive points and Carter added his fifth 3-pointer to help New Jersey pull away.
Bucks 99, Bobcats 91 -- Earl Boykins scored 30 points and Andrew Bogut added a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead banged-up Milwaukee at Charlotte, N.C.
The Bucks, minus four starters, snapped a five-game losing streak behind the 5-foot-5-inch Boykins, acquired from Denver last week. Boykins's 3-pointer with 4 minutes left snapped a tie and put Milwaukee ahead to stay. His shot in the lane with 1:46 left gave the Bucks a 94-88 lead.
Warriors 108, Clippers 93 -- Baron Davis had 19 points and 13 assists, and keyed a big fourth-quarter run that led Golden State at Oakland, Calif.
Davis, who shot just 4 for 18 from the field, had 4 points, 2 assists, and a big steal during the 19-2 run that gave the Warriors a 100-85 lead midway through the fourth quarter and helped them snap a three-game losing streak.
Bulls 99, Spurs 87 -- Kirk Hinrich had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Ben Gordon added 20 points to lead host Chicago, which was playing without Chris Duhon (team suspension for missing practice) and Ben Wallace (sore back).
Raptors 104, 76ers 86 -- Chris Bosh scored 27 points, Joey Graham contributed 18, and Toronto used a pair of 14-0 runs to cruise at Philadelphia.
Knicks 102, Kings 97 -- Jamal Crawford, back in a reserve role, scored 8 of his 10 points in the final 1:07 as host New York handed Sacramento its season-high sixth straight loss.