Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Tuesday, November 15th
Game 2: Friday, February 10th
Game 3: Friday, February 24th
Game 4: Sunday, April 16th

Cavaliers 89

(29-20, 11-14 away)

Wizards 101

(25-23, 17-9 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:00 PM ET, February 10, 2006

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 32 19 20 1889
    WSH 28 21 25 27101

    Top Performers

    Cle: L. James 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

    WSH: G. Arenas 32 Pts, 8 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Added motivation? Arenas outduels LeBron in All-Star faceoff

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas turned his conflicting All-Star emotions into another big game. Brendan Haywood won a battle of temperaments that got Zydrunas Ilgauskas ejected in the fourth quarter. Antawn Jamison found his stroke at a vital stretch in the waning minutes.

    Oh yeah, and LeBron James had an off night.

    There wasn't much to get in the way of a fourth straight Washington Wizards victory Friday night. Arenas, feeling both hurt and elation after a crazy 48 hours, converted his emotions into 32 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and even a career-high three blocks in a 101-89 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    On the way to the arena, Arenas got a message on his cell phone letting him know that he was chosen by NBA commissioner David Stern to replace injured Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal for next weekend's All-Star game. Arenas, fourth in the league in scoring at 28.3 points per game, felt he should have been selected with the regular reserves on Thursday and said before the game that he still had "things to prove."

    Then he stepped on the court and had his 23rd 30-point game of the season.

    "Emotions and excitement," Arenas said. "But I still had to get the job done. It was a very important game for us, and our coaches were probably worried 'How's he going to react?' But as a team we got the job done."

    The Wizards made the most of Arenas' good news. The cheerleaders wore T-shirts to commemorate his back-to-back All-Star selections, and they paraded an Arenas banner onto the court during a first-half timeout. Some fans chanted "All-Star" when Arenas left the game with 1:23 to play.

    "Yesterday he was down a little bit, was just straightforward and didn't call anybody," Jamison said. "And he came in here (tonight) jumping around a little bit, definitely happy. You can sense the difference between his demeanor."

    But Arenas could haven't done it without Jamison, who scored 28 points and had a huge nine-point surge in the fourth quarter. Jamison twice answered Cleveland 3-pointers with a 3-pointer of his own, then was fouled attempting a 3 on the Wizards' next possession and made all three free throws, giving Washington an 89-80 lead with 6:16 to play.

    Meanwhile, Haywood added 14 points and 10 rebounds and got under the skin of Ilgauskas. Haywood and Ilgauskas were given double technicals with 9:04 to play after a push-and-shove battle under the basket, then Haywood was called for a foul on Ilgauskas seconds later at the other end of the court. After a timeout, Ilgauskas bowled over Haywood trying to back toward the basket, complained about the foul and was given a second technical and automatic ejection.

    "I might have got in his head a little bit," Haywood said. "I don't know what he was thinking about, going after the referee like that. That seems a little foolish."

    Said Ilgauskas: "My emotions got the better of me. But this is a game, everybody gets excited and sometimes that's going to happen. It's not the first time I've gotten kicked out and probably not the last."

    James scored 18 points on 6-for-23 shooting, although he also had nine rebounds and eight assists. He was more of a creator than a scorer for much of the game, and he lost a huge part of his supporting cast when Ilgauskas was tossed.

    "Z is a guy that can change a game. What he does do is a 1-2 punch with LeBron out there," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "And when LeBron isn't rolling, we'll go to Z. It was tough when he got kicked out."

    Arenas hit a 3-pointer to get the lead to double digits with 3 minutes remaining, giving the Wizards command of a game that had been competitive and fast-paced from the opening whistle. Washington has won six straight at home and 12 of 16 overall.

    "We're definitely playing well, we're clicking," Haywood said. "Guys are understanding the offense. They know where they're supposed to be. They're making the extra pass, we're making the rotations on defense, and those are things we weren't doing before."

    Game notes

    The Wizards have won nine in a row at home against Eastern Conference opponents. ... The Wizards were expecting to welcome back Larry Hughes, a key contributor in last year's playoff run, but Hughes is out with a broken finger. Hughes became a free agent last spring and signed a five-year, $60 million contract with Cleveland.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 101
    FGM-FGA 32-79 (.405) 37-75 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 6-13 (.462)
    FTM-FTA 17-23 (.739) 21-26 (.808)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-36 9-44
    Assists 17 20
    Turnovers 8 11
    Steals 3 3
    Blocks 1 5
    Fast Break Points 10 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 16 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 7 13

    Top Performers

    LeBron James James
    Points: 18
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 32
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3