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Washington uses 24-2 run to break it open

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas had no worries when the Hawks cut
Washington's lead to six points early in the fourth quarter.
Knowing Atlanta is stocked with inexperienced players, Arenas
stayed patient.

Arenas had 29 points and Larry Hughes added 23 as the Wizards
had a season-high point total in a 122-93 victory on Wednesday
night.

The Wizards used a 24-2 run in the fourth quarter to earn
consecutive wins for the first time since Feb. 9 -- a span of 13
games.

"We tried to just keep going, keep going," Arenas said.
"Hopefully they'll give up some time and some of the young boys
did. You could see Al Harrington yelling at them. And we just kept
going at them."

"We're not lacking confidence," Arenas said. "We know we've
got to keep bringing it because it's playoff time coming up."

Official Bernie Fryer gave Atlanta coach Mike Woodson his first
ejection as a head coach with 6:16 remaining for complaining during
the 24-2 run about a disparity in fouls. Atlanta was called for 29
fouls to 18 for the Wizards, who outscored the NBA's worst team
28-13 at the foul line.

"I'd had enough, and I wanted to go to the locker room,"
Woodson said. "The fourth quarter was just atrocious. We didn't
get anything accomplished."

Harrington's 18-footer with 10:43 remaining cut the Wizards'
lead to 84-78, but the Hawks failed to score a field goal on their
next 13 possessions.

Arenas, who was 4-for-6 on 3-point attempts, hit two treys
during the 24-2 run.

Reserve guard Steve Blake matched a season high with 17 points.
Starting forwards Jared Jeffries and Kwame Brown combined for 27
points and 13 rebounds.

Atlanta lost its fifth straight at home. Overall, the Hawks have
dropped 15 of 16.

Josh Childress was the only starter to score in double figures
for Atlanta with 15. Tony Delk finished with a team-high 16 points.

"You don't want to forget that one," reserve center Jason
Collier said. "You want it to linger a while. You want it to
motivate you."

Though the Wizards shot 82.4 percent in the fourth quarter,
hitting 14 of 17 from the floor, Hughes considered his team's
defense the catalyst.

"They hit some 3s there in that third quarter that kept them in
it," Hughes said. "For the most part they played good basketball
for those six minutes into the third when the caught up. We just
really locked down on defense and got some easy looks."

Coach Eddie Jordan agreed.

"We had 10 steals, and Gil and Larry had all of them," Jordan
said. "When our guards are getting after it and being active, they
motivate us and they are the catalysts at both ends of the floor.
When they can be our catalyst at the defensive end -- both guards,
not just Larry -- then that's going to be a good Wizards team out
there."

Washington improved to 2-8 on the road since winning consecutive
games at Indiana and Cleveland Jan. 22 and 24.

Washington, the No. 4 team in the Eastern Conference, had its
previous season high Jan. 18 at Dallas, scoring 120.

"It does something for our confidence," Brown said. "Even
though they're the Atlanta Hawks, they played the Detroit Pistons
in overtime in a loss. First they came out and kind of knocked the
wind out of them. To get a win like this says something about our
team."

Game notes
Jordan couldn't give a timetable for the return of All-Star
F Antawn Jamison, who left a win Monday over the Lakers with a sore
knee. ... Former Georgia standout Jarvis Hayes, out since March 2
with a fractured right patella, didn't make the trip with the
Wizards.