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

"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.