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Pistons spoil comeback for Arenas

Associated Press / March 29, 2009
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Gilbert Arenas nearly had a heroic finish to his first game in almost a year. Instead, it was Kwame Brown - of all people - who blocked Agent Zero's shot in the final seconds to help preserve the Detroit Pistons' 98-96 victory over the Wizards in Washington last night.

With 4.5 seconds remaining and the Wizards trailing by 2, Arenas chased down the rebound of his own missed free throw. He whirled to put up a potential game-winning 3-pointer, but former Wizards flop Brown got a hand on the shot.

Caron Butler then grabbed the ball and missed a baseline jumper at the buzzer, and the Pistons escaped with a victory.

Arenas finished with 15 points and 10 assists in 29 minutes in his first game since April 27, 2008. He had missed 156 of his team's previous 173 games because of a knee injury that required three surgeries over an 18-month span.

Richard Hamilton, back after missing six games with a left groin injury, scored 16 of his 31 points in the third quarter as the Pistons broke a three-game losing streak.

Heat 102, Bucks 85 - Dwyane Wade scored 27 points and Udonis Haslem had 16 points and 12 rebounds as host Miami snapped a two-game losing streak by beating reeling Milwaukee.

Miami (39-34) moved a game ahead of Philadelphia (37-34) in the race for fifth in the East - a critical spot because it would ensure not playing Cleveland, Orlando, or the Celtics until at least the second round of the playoffs.

Jazz 104, Suns 99 - Deron Williams scored 7 of his 21 points in overtime, and host Utah rallied to beat Phoenix, blowing a 21-point, third-quarter lead before tying it with a frenzied comeback at the end of regulation.

Nuggets 129, Warriors 116 - Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and Linas Kleiza had 22 as host Denver beat banged-up Golden State for its third straight victory.

Bulls 112, Pacers 106 - John Salmons scored 22 points and hit two late 3-pointers, and host Chicago won its fourth straight.

Bobcats 96, Knicks 85 - Gerald Wallace had 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists, and host Charlotte matched a modest franchise record for victories (33) by beating New York.

Rockets 110, Clippers 93 - Yao Ming had 21 points and 15 rebounds in leading host Houston to an easy victory over Los Angeles.

Trail Blazers 86, Grizzlies 66 - Brandon Roy had 21 points to lead host Portland to its sixth straight victory over Memphis.

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