Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Wednesday, November 3rd
Game 2: Wednesday, February 23rd

Grizzlies 83

(30-24, 12-15 away)

Wizards 93

(31-22, 21-7 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, February 23, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 23 21 17 2283
    WSH 21 21 30 2193

    Top Performers

    Mem: M. Miller 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    WSH: G. Arenas 30 Pts, 10 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Wizards snap three-game slide

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- All-Stars Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison took control in the second half, and the Washington Wizards ended up with a victory.

    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 home.

    "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 job done."

    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 little bit.

    "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 little bit."

    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.<

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 93
    FGM-FGA 28-81 (.346) 29-68 (.426)
    3PM-3PA 8-31 (.258) 3-9 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 19-24 (.792) 32-38 (.842)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-42 9-42
    Assists 21 18
    Turnovers 15 15
    Steals 5 8
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 11 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 6 19

    Top Performers

    Mike Miller Miller
    Points: 16
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 30
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0