Arenas' double-double powers Wizards' rout of Sixers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards have been playing unselfishly during their season-high winning streak.

Arenas had 22 points and a season-high 12 assists as the Washington held Philadelphia to its lowest point total of the season in a 104-76 rout on Monday.

"For the last three or four games, that's what we've been doing," Arenas said of the Wizards' 22 assists. "The scorers are going to get their touches, but just making that extra pass makes it easier for us."

Caron Butler led the Wizards with 23 points and Antawn Jamison added 21 points and 10 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season as Washington won its fourth straight game.

"Today there was a collective effort," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "We are riding the momentum that we started three games ago. Caron did a really good job defensively. He is really embracing the role that we assigned him as the defensive captain, and we are just riding a wave right now."

The Wizards also handed the 76ers their largest losing margin of the season.

"We did our job, but when a team is doing badly it's usually because they are breaking down offensively," Arenas said of the 76ers, who set season lows in points, field goals made (26) and field-goal percentage (33.3). "We were just there at the right time."

Andre Iguodala scored 18 points to lead the Sixers. Allen Iverson added 17 points on 6-for-20 shooting. No other 76er reached double figures in scoring. The Sixers' previous season low was 85 points, set three times.

The 28-point loss was Philadelphia's worst of the season, eclipsing a 119-93 setback Jan. 6 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

"They beat us in every facet of the game," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "The way we got beat was kind of ridiculous. After halftime, there was no effort. We have to try some different things."

Iverson said the Sixers are trying to improve their defense but that was not apparent during this Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee.

"We didn't get any stops," Iverson said. "We are trying to get better defensively but we got beat by 30 points, so obviously we are not getting better defensively. ... Obviously if you get beat by 30 points then the coach can question your effort."

Chris Webber scored a season-low nine points on 4-for-12 shooting against his former team.

"It's just disappointing," he said. "Really disappointing that we lost by a lot like that."

Wizards center Brendan Haywood posted his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

"Brendan is coming out and playing hard, blocking shots, getting rebounds," Arenas said. "He's actually fighting in there."

Antonio Daniels added 10 points off the bench for Washington.

Jamison scored 13 points in the third quarter, including seven during a 13-0 run, as the Wizards opened a 22-point lead.

"This is how we were playing at the beginning of the season when we were holding teams to 85 points," Arenas said. "If we can keep playing like this, we'll be pretty good."

The Sixers went more than four minutes without scoring and a stretch of 8:07 elapsed between their final field goal of the third quarter and their first of the fourth. Philadelphia's troubles continued as Kevin Ollie was whistled for double-dribbling on the Sixers' inbounds play to open the fourth quarter. On their ensuing possession, the Sixers turned the ball over on a shot-clock violation.

"We can score on anybody," Iverson said. "But we have to focus on defense. They were just outworking us. Everybody has to step up, period, for us to be a better team."

Game notes
Wizards guard Chucky Atkins returned to the team after missing four games since his wife gave birth. He was inactive but watched from the locker room because his attire did not conform to the league's dress code. ... The Wizards had their eighth sellout crowd of 20,173 this season. ... The Wizards' victory marked their fourth of five straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. ... The Wizards had not won four straight since Games 3 through 6 in the first round of the 2005 playoffs against Chicago.