Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/11

Game 1: Wednesday, January 11th
Game 2: Saturday, January 14th
Game 3: Saturday, February 4th
Game 4: Friday, April 7th

Wizards 114

(16-19, 7-11 away)

Hawks 106

(9-26, 6-10 home)

    Coverage: WBDC

    7:00 PM ET, January 14, 2006

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    WSH 20 21 35 23 15114
    ATL 17 23 35 24 7106

    Top Performers

    WSH: G. Arenas 33 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atl: J. Johnson 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 11 Ast, 3 Stl

    Arenas nets 33 as Wizards slip past Hawks in overtime

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Washington coach Eddie Jordan made another lineup change, and it paid off for the Wizards.

    Gilbert Arenas scored seven of his 33 points in overtime Saturday night, and Washington beat Atlanta 114-106, for the Wizards' seventh consecutive victory over the Hawks.

    Jordan put Antawn Jamison, a small forward, and center Brendan Haywood back in the starting lineup after having Calvin Booth and Michael Ruffin start the last two games.

    "We just wanted to establish a defensive mind-set," Jordan said. "We're showing each other that we're willing to do anything it takes to get better and to win."

    Jamison and Caron Butler each finished with 23 points for the Wizards, who have won three straight overall and six of their last eight in Atlanta.

    "Antawn hit a big shot for us, obviously, after sitting there for a while," Jordan said. "We got some huge stops late in the game, which helped us. We thought the matchup with Brendan and (Zaza) Pachulia worked out for us."

    The Hawks (9-24) have lost four straight and remained the only NBA team with fewer than 10 wins.

    Josh Childress dunked to give Atlanta its final lead with 2:05 left in overtime. Arenas answered with a three-point play 44 seconds later that put the Wizards ahead to stay at 106-104.

    After converting a three-point play that gave Washington an 81-75 lead with 10:57 left in the fourth quarter, Arenas missed his next four shots and was called for traveling with 48 seconds left in regulation and the Wizards ahead 97-96.

    "We did a good job for the most part, but in the fourth quarter we couldn't get anything right," Arenas said. "We made free throws, which is what got us into overtime."

    Salim Stoudamire responded with a straightaway 3-pointer that gave the Hawks their first lead since the first minute of the third quarter.

    "We thought we had them, but we didn't take care of business down the stretch," Stoudamire said. "In overtime, we didn't clamp down. You have to be consistent."

    Jamison forced overtime by floating an 8-foot runner in the lane with 18 seconds left in regulation. When Atlanta's Marvin Williams failed to steal the pass from Antonio Daniels, Jamison had the space he needed to shoot.

    "I had a step on everybody," Jamison said. "So it was difficult for anybody to block the shot."

    Joe Johnson, who led the Hawks with 23 points, missed a potential game-winner when his 16-foot shot from the left baseline bounced behind the backboard.

    Stoudamire, a reserve guard, finished with 21 points, but he combined with Johnson and Al Harrington to hit just 19-of-53 from the field.

    "We didn't come up with the big play," Johnson said. "We probably were a little fatigued, but they were, too. They played last night, too."

    Jamison's 20-footer from the right corner gave the Wizards their first 10-point lead at the 6:52 mark of the third quarter.

    Game notes

    Wizards G Chucky Atkins is expected to rejoin the team for practice Sunday. The subject of recent trade rumors, Atkins missed his fourth straight game to remain in Orlando after his wife, Monica, delivered their third child on Tuesday. ... Hawks G Tyronn Lue didn't dress because of a sore back. ... Reserve G Josh Childress had a game-high 12 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. ... Washington outscored Atlanta 26-10 in points off turnovers. The Hawks committed 23, the Wizards 11.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 106
    FGM-FGA 35-80 (.438) 35-77 (.455)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 6-15 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 39-51 (.765) 30-38 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-38 11-45
    Assists 19 22
    Turnovers 13 23
    Steals 11 4
    Blocks 4 1
    Fast Break Points 11 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 36 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 10 5

    Top Performers

    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 33
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Joe Johnson Johnson
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0