Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/22

Game 1: Saturday, January 22nd
Game 2: Monday, February 7th
Game 3: Sunday, April 3rd
Game 4: Friday, April 8th

Pacers 104

(22-25, 11-14 away)

Wizards 108

(28-19, 18-7 home)

7:00 PM ET, February 7, 2005

Verizon Center, Washington, DC

1 2 3 4 T
IND 34 19 29 22104
WSH 27 29 22 30108

Top Performers

Ind: J. O'Neal 30 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

WSH: G. Arenas 43 Pts, 9 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Arenas, Jamison carry Wizards to finish line

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison sure looked like All-Stars against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

One day before the All-Star reserves are announced, Arenas matched his career high with 43 points to help the Washington Wizards beat the Pacers 108-104. Jamison added 20 points, combining with Arenas for 19 of Washington's 21 points in the final 8 minutes.

The Wizards trailed by eight with 9:57 to play, but Arenas started the comeback with a 3-pointer and Jamison finally put Washington ahead to stay at 102-100 with a sweeping hook in the lane with 1:27 left.

"He's been lighting everybody up the first half of the year. He is a guy that we talked a lot about, and he is one of those guys that can make plays," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "Arenas will be in the All-Star game. I believe Jamison will be in it as well. I think both those guys are deserving, especially considering their record."

Arenas, who also had 43 points in a Jan. 18 loss to Dallas, missed a shot in the lane with the Wizards up 106-104, giving the Pacers a chance to tie or win with less than 9 seconds to play. But Indiana's Fred Jones lost control of the ball, and Juan Dixon made two free throws with 3.6 seconds to seal the Wizards' second straight win.

"No," Arenas said when asked if he was worried about Indiana's last possession. "Because if they did tie it, I was going to go down and win it anyway."

Arenas finished the night 15-of-28 from the floor.

The Wizards have won two straight after four consecutive losses, a stretch that might hurt Arenas and Jamison in the All-Star voting by the coaches.

"We really haven't thought about it. We know that tomorrow's the big D-day or whatever you want to call it, but it's all about wins," Jamison said. "Yesterday was when it first hit me that the opportunity really presented itself. If it happens, it's one of my greatest accomplishments."

Jermaine O'Neal scored 30 points for the Pacers, and Stephen Jackson had 29 -- 22 in the second half when he shot 8-for-11 from the floor and made five 3-pointers.

"I am just trying to get my legs back, feel comfortable with my teammates and find spots to hit shots," Jackson said . "I was able to do that today, but all that hard work for no win definitely hurts."

Arenas scored 22 points in the first half on 8-for-15 shooting to put Washington ahead 56-53 at halftime.

However, Indiana overtook Washington midway through the third quarter on a layup by Jeff Foster and pushed the lead as high as eight in the fourth quarter before Arenas and Jamison took control.

Foster added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who had won two straight following a six-game losing streak.

Dixon had 11 points off the bench for Washington.

Game notes

Indiana guard Jamaal Tinsley missed his fourth straight game because of a bruised left foot. Carlisle said Tinsley would "hopefully" be available for Wednesday night's home game against Charlotte. ... Arenas has scored 30 or more points 13 times this season and seven times in nine games. ... Indiana is 4-1 on the road against the Southeast Division.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 104 108
FGM-FGA 37-80 (.463) 40-81 (.494)
3PM-3PA 7-19 (.368) 6-11 (.545)
FTM-FTA 23-28 (.821) 22-37 (.595)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-42 12-39
Assists 20 17
Turnovers 13 8
Steals 7 6
Blocks 7 5
Fast Break Points 10 7
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
Largest Lead 9 6

Top Performers

Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
Points: 30
Reb: 13
Ast: 4
Stl: 1
Blk: 5
Gilbert Arenas Arenas
Points: 43
Reb: 9
Ast: 6
Stl: 1
Blk: 1