Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Saturday, November 8th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 19th
Game 3: Sunday, February 1st
Game 4: Saturday, February 7th

Wizards 106

(16-33, 5-19 away)

Cavaliers 88

(19-32, 13-11 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:30 PM ET, February 7, 2004

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 27 18 33 28106
    CLE 31 17 15 2588

    Top Performers

    WSH: G. Arenas 26 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Cle: Z. Ilgauskas 15 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 5 Blk

    LeBron finishes with just 14 points

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas scored 26 points, Jerry Stackhouse had 19 and the suddenly healthy Washington Wizards snapped an 11-game road losing streak with a 106-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

    Stackhouse added 11 assists and Kwame Brown had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Wizards win away from home for the first time since Dec. 6 in Milwaukee.

    Arenas, who has missed 26 games with a strained abdomen and was playing just his third game since coming off the injured list, scored only one point in the first quarter before taking over.

    He scored 15 points in the third and did a nice job shutting down Cavs rookie LeBron James, who lit up the Wizards for a season-high 38 points a week ago while Arenas was out.

    James scored 14 points, but went just 3-for-10 after scoring eight points in first quarter.

    Before being benched with just under six minutes to go, James went 1-for-5 in the fourth period with Arenas draped all over him. In his last seven games, James is shooting just 16 percent (7-of-45) in the final period.

    Carlos Boozer had 19 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, who have lost three straight.

    Arenas' 15 points in the third quarter matched Cleveland's team total in the period, as the Wizards opened a 15-point lead entering the fourth.

    Arenas sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around another jumper and scored 13 points in the final 5:50 of the third to give Washington a 78-63 lead.

    Cleveland was still hanging around in the first minutes of the fourth, but Arenas' 3-pointer with 6:26 left made it 93-71 and fans in Gund Arena started heading for the exits.

    The Wizards missed their first five shots and had four turnovers as the Cavs built a nine-point lead in the second quarter.

    However, after being slapped with a technical foul, Arenas scored seven points in the final 2:22 to help Washington move within 48-45 at halftime.

    Following Arenas' technical, the Wizards outscored the Cavs 68-43.

    Game notes

    Like most NBA followers, Cavs coach Paul Silas has been shocked by the turnover of coaches around the league -- especially in the Eastern Conference. Silas can't figure out why it's happening. "Let's just hope my four-year deal works out," joked Silas, in his first year with Cleveland after being fired by New Orleans. ... Wizards starting G Larry Hughes sprained his left wrist in the first quarter and did not return. ... Following a seven-game homestand, the Wizards will four straight road games. ... James had averaged 27.7 points, 7.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds in his first three games against Washington. ... Cleveland, the NBA's top rebounding team, was outrebounded 54-39. ... The Wizards went over the 100-point mark for the sixth straight game.

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