Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Friday, November 26th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 26th
Game 3: Saturday, April 9th

76ers 107

(19-22, 9-15 away)

Wizards 117

(26-15, 16-5 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, January 26, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 25 27 35 20107
    WSH 24 34 24 35117

    Top Performers

    Phi: W. Green 32 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    WSH: G. Arenas 33 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

    Washington wins fourth straight; Iverson sits

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas came to the arena hoping for another memorable duel with Allen Iverson. When Iverson didn't suit up, Arenas needed most of the game to recover from the letdown.

    Iverson's replacement, Willie Green, scored a career-high 32 points and kept the game close for 3½ quarters Wednesday night before Arenas and the Washington Wizards closed strong to take a 117-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

    "I'm kind of like, 'Aw, AI's not here.' As a professional you know you've got to get over that," Arenas said. "I was still hyped, but Willie Green? OK, he doesn't really do anything.

    "But he took over AI's spot, and in the second half it was like, 'OK, AI is out there.' "

    Arenas finished with 33 points, six rebounds and a season-high nine assists for the Wizards, who won their fourth straight and -- exactly halfway through the season -- remain on pace for their best record in 26 years. Washington has won eight in a row at home and 11 of 13 overall since New Year's Day.

    "We can't be happy about where we are," said Arenas, averaging 32.4 points over his last five games. "We have more things to accomplish. Everything that we have done to this point is nice, but there is no glory in half-season standings."

    The last four victories have come without Larry Hughes, who has a broken thumb, but Arenas, Juan Dixon (22 points) and Antawn Jamison (23) have more than compensated for the missing points and defense. Dixon, who missed the last two games with the flu, scored 14 in the fourth quarter, when the Wizards overcame a seven-point deficit and finished with a 20-9 run.

    "We'll just get in a comfort zone sometimes," Arenas said. "And when we get down, we know in that fourth quarter we've got to click it on. And for some reason that's what we did."

    Iverson, the NBA's scoring leader, sat out with a strained left rotator cuff, the result of a fall in Monday's victory over Miami. Iverson has missed three games this season, and the 76ers have lost them all.

    Green proved a more than able substitute when it came to scoring, but he had four of the team's 20 turnovers. Without a true ballhandler, the 76ers succumbed to the Wizards' pressure down the stretch. They were also hurt by Washington's 17 offensive rebounds.

    "(Iverson) obviously plays with a lot of heart and a lot of intensity, but just because he's not here doesn't mean that we're not going to show that same heart," said Kyle Korver, who scored 15 points. "I thought we really did a good job until halfway through the fourth quarter. Those turnovers and those offensive rebounds were the story of the game."

    Green's rebound and baseball pass to Andre Iguodala for a fast-break dunk gave Philadelphia a 98-97 lead with 6:40 to play, but that was last of the game's 16 lead changes. The 76ers didn't score again for four minutes while the Wizards ran off 11 straight points, mostly from the free throw line, to pull ahead 108-98 with 1:08 remaining.

    Green finished with six rebounds, four assists and made 10 of 21 shots despite taking a hard whack on the nose in the second quarter. He scored 19 points in the first half, outscoring the other four starters (15) combined, and passed his previous career high of 26 late in the third quarter. Green also became only the seventh player not named Iverson to score 30-plus in a game for the 76ers since Iverson joined the team in 1996.

    "I felt like I had a big game, but I definitely wanted to win," Green said. "It's good to go out there and play aggressive and get confidence, but it's kind of tough when you don't win the game."

    Game notes

    Iverson sat on the bench for the first half but not the second. ... Washington's Steve Blake, who has missed most of the season with ankle problems, played four minutes after being activated from the injured list earlier in the day. Hughes, who broke his thumb Jan. 15 and isn't expected back until late February, was placed on the injured list. ... Iguodala had nine points, six rebounds and six assists before fouling out with 3:42 to play. ... Washington's last eight-game home winning streak was in December 1997, the month the MCI Center opened. ... The Wizards are 11-2 this month, clinching their first winning January since 1991. ... Arenas hit a 52-foot buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 107 117
    FGM-FGA 35-70 (.500) 41-89 (.461)
    3PM-3PA 8-10 (.800) 10-25 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 29-38 (.763) 25-33 (.758)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-40 17-45
    Assists 28 26
    Turnovers 20 14
    Steals 7 14
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 24 24
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (2/0) 27 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 7 13

    Top Performers

    Willie Green Green
    Points: 32
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 33
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0