Arenas scored 30 points, Jamison added 27 and the Wizards
snapped a three game losing streak with a 93-83 victory over the
Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, their fifth win in a row at
"They have to carry us," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said.
"There are no off nights for them."
Arenas had 10 rebounds and six assists. Jamison also finished
with 10 rebounds.
"We need them to do a lot of things out there," Jordan said.
"They need to fill the boxscore up."
Mike Miller scored 16 points to lead the Grizzlies, who have
lost three in a row. Shane Battier had 14 points and eight rebounds
for Memphis, which led 44-42 at halftime.
"I thought we played an outstanding first half," Grizzlies
coach Mike Fratello said. "With a 21-8 discrepancy at the (free
throw) line at halftime and you're still up two points, you've
given yourself a chance to win. In the third quarter we gave
ourselves no chance to win."
Jamison scored six points as the Wizards opened the fourth
quarter with an 11-2 run and took an 83-64 lead with 9:37 left.
Michael Ruffin punctuated the victory with a slam follow for an
89-74 lead and he blocked a shot on the Grizzlies' next possession.
"Michael Ruffin was very good coming off the bench," Jordan
said. "That unit with Stevie (Blake) and Michael was really being
disruptive getting steals, and Gilbert was all over the place."
Blake scored a season-high nine points in 25 minutes.
Arenas and Jamison each scored four points in the Wizards' 10-0
run early in the third quarter. Arenas, who scored 13 points in the
period, later converted a three-point play and made a jumper off
the glass that gave Washington a 59-50 lead with 6:02 remaining in
the third. Washington closed the quarter with a 7-0 run for a 72-61
lead after three.
"We just had to fight off being tired," Arenas said. "We
haven't played in seven days and everyone was getting a little bit
winded. Even I was getting winded and I don't get tired so I know
how the other guys must have felt. But we sucked it up and got the
Neither team led by more than three points in the second
quarter, but the Grizzlies let the game slip away by committing six
of their 14 turnovers in the third.
"We shot a low percentage and turned the ball over too much,"
Battier said. "Against a good team at home, you're not going to
win those kind of games. We just didn't respond to their run."
Fratello added: "You can't score if you don't have the ball and
you're passing it to the other team."
The Wizards activated forward Kwame Brown, who contributed two
points, two rebounds and three assists in 10 minutes.
"I felt pretty good," Brown said. "I just wanted to get the
cobwebs off. These guys are going at a different pace than I am. My
mind is going a hundred miles an hour so I just have to slow down a
"It's great to have great guards, and we have three of them,
but you also have to have big men. You can't just rely on
jumpshots. When I get my timing and rhythm back, I can give us a
consistent presence in the post and we can slow the game down a
The Wizards also activated guard Larry Hughes, who broke his
right thumb Jan. 15 against Phoenix and missed 17 games. Leading
the league with an average of 2.82 steals per game, he is the only
NBA player averaging at least 21 points, six rebounds, five assists
and 2.5 steals. He did not dress for Wednesday's game.
"We think he might be ready (to play) Friday," Jordan said.
"We think very positively about Sunday." The Wizards play host to
the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.<
^@ Notes: The Wizards are 8-2 at home against Western Conference
teams. ... Memphis forward Stromile Swift missed the game with a
left ankle sprain. ... The Wizards placed guard Juan Dixon (right
ankle sprain) and center Peter John Ramos (right plantar fasciitis)
on the injured list. ... Jamison, who has not missed a game in more
than four seasons, has played in 381 consecutive games.<