One night watching his team squander a game in Toronto after
getting ejected in the third quarter, Arenas stuck around for the
duration Saturday and scored 31 points as the Washington Wizards
broke a four-game losing streak with a 112-94 victory over the
Once the Wizards built a 28-point lead in the third quarter,
Arenas made certain there would be no flashbacks to the wasted
22-point bulge his team had Friday in a 103-100 loss in Toronto,
where a mini-tantrum and ball-throwing incident sent him to the
"I was out there. It wasn't going to happen again," Arenas
said. "We just played calm, ran the floor, shared the ball."
Arenas matched season highs with nine assists and six steals. He
also grabbed six rebounds and had one of the game's two four-point
plays, an NBA rarity.
Etan Thomas scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the second
half and helped keep Milwaukee at bay whenever the Bucks got within
20. Brendan Haywood broke out of his recent scoring slump with 13
points and seven rebounds, giving the Wizards an unusually
productive night from the center position.
"You can't win a championship with just guard play," Arenas
said. "Michael Jordan did it, but that's it."
Thomas' career game came against the team that signed him to a
six-year, $36.6 million offer sheet last summer, only to have the
Wizards match it. Thomas said he wasn't particularly motivated to
play the Bucks, mainly because he's still working his way back from
an abdominal injury that cost him 32 games.
"I'll take it anyway I can get," Thomas said. "I'm just
trying to get my rhythm and find my place on the team."
The Wizards never trailed and were never seriously threatened
after taking a double-digit lead in the first quarter. They ran the
Bucks ragged by converting turnovers into a 17-0 dominance in
fast-break points in the first half. Washington led 64-39 at
halftime and finished with a 25-6 advantage in fast-break points
and a 54-26 advantage in points in the point.
"That set the tone. We started turning it over, and they were
off to the races," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said.
Michael Redd scored 26 points, and Mike James had 22 for the
Bucks, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Redd scored 20 in the third quarter, including the game's second
four-point play, as the Bucks cut a 27-point deficit to 15, but
another pair of fast-break baskets from the Wizards got the lead
back to 20. When the Bucks tried to make a charge in the fourth,
Thomas responded with back-to-back inside baskets to keep the lead
"We all stunk it up," Porter said. "We just didn't come out
with the type of fire and energy that we should have."
The last NBA game with two four-point plays was Orlando at
Memphis on Nov. 12, 2003. The Magic's Tracy McGrady scored both of
them. ... The Wizards broke a five-game home losing streak to the
Bucks. ... The Bucks had outrebounded their opponents in 10 of
their last 11 games, but they lost the battle of the boards 40-35
to the Wizards.