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Wizards' Butler extends streak in win over NY

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Associated Press / January 19, 2008

Chatting informally with a group of reporters, Gilbert Arenas mentioned he expects to be ready to return from knee surgery March 1. Earlier in the day, Etan Thomas said he plans to be back from open heart surgery at some point this season.

The Washington Wizards are doing OK in the meantime.

Antawn Jamison scored 32 points and Caron Butler added 22 while stretching his made free throw streak to an NBA season-high 54 last night to lead host Washington to a 111-98 victory over the New York Knicks, who had won their previous three.

Washington has won four of its last five games to improve to 21-17, despite playing without injured All-Star Arenas since November. He said after the game he's been pain-free since having a second operation on his left knee and he thinks he can be "mentally and physically ready" to return in about 1 1/2 months.

In his absence, Jamison and Butler have been leading the way. But the Wizards also are getting contributions from up and down the roster.

Rookie guard Nick Young scored 12 points in the second quarter on perfect shooting: 5 for 5 on field goals, 1 for 1 at the line.

Rookie Oleksiy Pecherov contributed 8 points and four rebounds, while Roger Mason scored 10 points.

The Wizards finished with their most points since scoring 118 against Memphis Nov. 24, recorded their highest first-half point total of the season (61), and shot 62 percent in the first half and 57 percent for the game.

"They shot well tonight - and we'll leave it at that," said Quentin Richardson, who scored 21 points for New York (12-27), which hosts the Celtics Monday. "We're a work in progress."

Trail Blazers 98, Heat 91 - In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 37 points, and that still wasn't enough. Brandon Roy led a fourth-quarter comeback and Portland won to extend the Heat's losing streak to 12 games, which matches the third longest in franchise history.

Roy finished with 24 points to help the Trail Blazers win for the ninth time after trailing at the start of the fourth quarter.

Wade tied his own franchise record by scoring 17 consecutive points, and he set a team record for points in a third quarter with 20 to help Miami take a 76-69 lead to start the fourth quarter. But he scored only 2 points in the final period.

Warriors 119, Bulls 111 - Baron Davis poured in 40 points, including 6 of 8 3-pointers, to lead Golden State past host Chicago.

The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 84, but Golden State outscored the Bulls, 35-27, to take the victory.

Kings 100, Pistons 93 - In Auburn Hills, Mich., Ron Artest, coming back from an elbow injury, came off the bench to score 18 points, including a key late basket, and lift Sacramento.

Artest, suspended 73 games after instigating a November 2004 brawl here while with the Pacers, made a 3-pointer with less than four minutes to go to give the Kings a cushion.

Raptors 89, Hawks 78 - Chris Bosh had 35 points and nine rebounds and host Toronto beat Atlanta for its sixth win in seven games. Joe Johnson had 25 points for the Hawks, who lost back-to-back games for the first time since a four-game slide between Dec. 29 and Jan. 5.

Hornets 112, Bobcats 84 - David West scored 28 points in 32 minutes and host New Orleans won its fourth straight game. Peja Stojakovic hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for the Hornets (27-12), who won for the 12th time in their last 14 games.

Grizzlies 124, SuperSonics 100 - Pau Gasol had 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks, Mike Miller added 25 points, and host Memphis sent Seattle to its ninth straight loss.

Suns 115, Timberwolves 95 - Steve Nash was 6 for 6 from the field and 4 for 4 from the line for 17 points, with 13 assists, and five Phoenix players scored 17 points or more in the Suns' rout of Minnesota, the Timberwolves' 15th consecutive loss on the road.

Jazz 106, Clippers 88 - Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 10 rebounds as host Utah won.

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