Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Saturday, November 17th
Trail Blazers90Final
Wizards109
Game 2: Tuesday, March 25th
Wizards82Final
Trail Blazers102

Trail Blazers 90

(4-6, 0-6 away)

Wizards 109

(4-5, 2-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 17, 2007

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 15 23 25 2790
    WSH 22 25 31 31109

    Top Performers

    Por: J. Jack 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    WSH: A. Jamison 30 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Jamison's double-double powers Arenas-less Wizards

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite missing Gilbert Arenas, the short-handed Washington Wizards found a way to extend their winning streak to four.

    About an hour before Saturday's game with the Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan found out that Arenas wasn't going to be available.

    Arenas, who had surgery on his left knee in April, missed the game with soreness in his knee.

    Jordan envisioned Antonio Daniels playing well, and Antawn Jamison taking a bigger role.

    Everything worked out for Jordan and the Wizards, as Jamison had 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead short-handed Washington over Portland 109-90 on Saturday night.

    Jamison's season-high scoring mark enabled Washington to win its fourth straight game -- the first time they've won four straight since Jan. 15-20.

    The Wizards began the season 0-5.

    "There's nothing good about losing Gilbert. We want him healthy," Jordan said.

    Before the game, Jordan said that Arenas and everyone else had participated in a shootaround and everything was fine. But after his talk, Jordan said Arenas and the team's medical staff felt the knee was too sore for him to play.

    Jordan expects Arenas to be ready for the Wizards' next game -- Tuesday against Philadelphia.

    In stepped Jamison, who had just 21 points in Washington's previous two games -- both wins. Jamison's shooting wasn't spectacular. He was 8-for-19, but he made four 3-pointers -- three in the first half.

    "I think guys really got extra focused," Jamison said. "To miss what Gil does on a night-to-night basis is a total blow."

    Daniels started in Arenas' place and had 10 points and 10 assists, but it was Nick Young, the Wizards' first-round draft choice, who took advantage of Arenas' absence. After not scoring more than five points in his first six games, Young had 17 points in 14 minutes.

    An 11-0 run put Washington up 11-2 in the first 5 minutes. The Trail Blazers, who are 0-6 on the road, were 1-for-9 from the field. Portland then scored the next seven points.

    But Jamison, who had six points in the first quarter and nine in the second, helped the Wizards built a 47-38 halftime lead.

    Brendan Haywood, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds, began the third quarter with a 3-point play, and Washington extended its lead to 63-44 midway through the quarter on Jamison's 3-pointer.

    "We did a good job on both ends of the floor -- offensively -- and especially defensively," Jamison said.

    "We played pretty darn well throughout the 48 minutes," Jordan said.

    Portland, which blew a 25-point lead in Friday's loss in Philadelphia, was led by LaMarcus Aldridge with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jarrett Jack also had 18 points.

    The Trail Blazers have won all their home games and wonder what's wrong away from the Rose City.

    "We're more confident at home," Aldridge said. "We're running more and more free at home. On the road, I think we're more hesitant and not playing with as much energy."

    Before the game, reflecting on Friday night's Philadelphia loss, Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said he was eager to have another game within 24 hours, but after absorbing a second-straight sobering defeat, he may be having second thoughts.

    "We just look like we have heavy legs. We look a step slow on both ends of the floor," McMillan said. "We looked kind of the same way [Friday] night."

    Game notes


    Arenas has scored 30 or more points in a game against every NBA team -- except Portland. Haywood's double-double was his sixth of the season. He had seven last season. Washington's margin of victory was its largest since beating New Orleans 125-103 on March 17.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    POR
    WSH
    Points 90 109
    FGM-FGA 31-70 (.443) 40-89 (.449)
    3PM-3PA 6-19 (.316) 8-22 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 22-31 (.710) 21-22 (.955)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-18 7-23
    Assists 19 26
    Turnovers 18 9
    Steals 3 10
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 5 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 24 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 2 23

    Top Performers

    Portland
    Washington
    Jarrett Jack Jack
    Points: 18
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 30
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0