Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/8

Game 1: Wednesday, February 8th
Game 2: Monday, March 27th

Warriors 124

(22-26, 8-13 away)

Wizards 129

(24-23, 16-9 home)

Coverage: FSBAY

7:00 PM ET, February 8, 2006

Verizon Center, Washington, DC

1 2 3 4 T
GS 35 27 26 36124
WSH 32 30 29 38129

Top Performers

Golden State: B. Davis 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 13 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Washington: G. Arenas 45 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast

Arenas scores 45 to lead Wizards past Warriors

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Caron Butler made sure that teammate Gilbert Arenas got a win against his former team.

Butler had a season-high 34 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and three steals Wednesday night in the Washington Wizards' 129-124 victory over the Golden State Warriors, who lost their sixth in a row on the road.

"When he got it going early, I was like: 'Man, let's continue to roll with him," Wizards forward Antawn Jamison said of Butler, who made eight of his first 11 shots. "He's done it in spurts, but it was great to see him do it not only on the offensive end but defensively and rebounding. He's been rolling phenomenally of late and he did a great job defensively on Jason Richardson and Mickael Pietrus.

"I think it was his best performance so far in a Wizards uniform."

Butler, who shot 12-for-24 from the field and 10-for-12 from the free-throw line, agreed.

"I came out shooting early," Butler said. "There have been times that things have been going real well for me, but this was the first time that I've been able to put two halves together like that."

Arenas, who played for the Warriors from 2001-2003, scored 45 points and eclipsed the 30-point barrier for the 22nd time this season. He set a franchise record for most free throws made in a game with 23, eclipsing the mark of 21 he shared with Moses Malone, set on Dec. 29, 1986, also against Golden State. Arenas's 25 free-throw attempts also matched a franchise mark he set on April 5, 2005, against Boston.

In a game that featured 11 lead changes and 13 ties, both teams' largest lead was 13 points.

"One thing the Warriors can do is score," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "We knew that. And as much as we wanted to emphasize defense, we knew we had to keep the pace offensively. With that being said, I thought we ran our offense."

For most of the game, it appeared the first team to get a stop would win. Washington enforcer Michael Ruffin not only provided the stops but scored a season-high eight points, including a shot that gave the Wizards a 105-94 lead with 7:06 left.

"I just try to be ready when coach calls my name," Ruffin said. "My focus was the same, and it's very simple: I just want to do whatever I can to help my team win. We were able to get some stops late in the game and pull it out. It was a fun game. We definitely would like to hold teams to less points than that, but we were able to put enough points on the board to win."

Baron Davis pulled the Warriors to 115-111 on a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:26 remaining. Davis then committed his sixth foul on Jamison, who made both free throws to give the Wizards a 117-111 lead with 37 seconds left.

But the Warriors refused to go away.

Jason Richardson, who led Golden State with 31 points, pulled the Warriors to 121-116 with a 3-pointer off the glass with 15.8 seconds left. Arenas then sandwiched four free throws around a three-point play by Golden State rookie Monta Ellis.

Derek Fisher pulled the Warriors to 127-125 on another 3-pointer with a second remaining. Arenas made two foul shots with 0.3 left to seal the victory against his former team.

"We shot 56 percent," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "It wasn't a matter of us being able to score. It was a matter of us being able to defend. They are quick at the point and they spread the floor with four guys. It is hard to get help."

The last time Washington had two players score 30 or more points in a game was April 15, 2005, when Arenas and Larry Hughes did it against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In that game, Arenas scored 33 points and Hughes added 31.

Jamison had 18 points and six rebounds for the Wizards.

Davis had 28 points and 13 assists for Golden State. Pietrus scored 18 points and Troy Murphy added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Through three quarters, Arenas and Butler both were shooting 10-for-20 from the field with 28 points apiece. Butler scored 20 in the first half.

"Butler came out with great energy and he was unstoppable tonight," Davis said. "We couldn't stop him down low. We didn't have an answer for him. He really set them up and kept them in the game early."

Golden State's 35 points in the first quarter and 62 in the first half were the most the Wizards have allowed this season, but the score was tied at halftime.

"Neither team played defense," Richardson said. "A lot of guys scored points and there was a lot of foul shooting and a lot of fouling. If we could have made a couple of stops, we would have won the game."< ^@Notes: Arenas scored 40 or more points for the sixth time this season. ... Murphy has posted a double-double in seven of Golden State's past nine games. He's the first Warrior to record five straight double-doubles since Danny Fortson in 2001.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 124 129
FGM-FGA 46-82 (.561) 39-78 (.500)
3PM-3PA 8-26 (.308) 3-15 (.200)
FTM-FTA 24-31 (.774) 48-55 (.873)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-35 14-39
Assists 25 22
Turnovers 17 16
Steals 10 7
Blocks 3 1
Fast Break Points 25 12
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 41 (3/0) 25 (0/0)
Largest Lead 13 13

Top Performers

Golden State
Baron Davis Davis
Points: 28
Reb: 5
Ast: 13
Stl: 3
Blk: 1
Gilbert Arenas Arenas
Points: 45
Reb: 5
Ast: 7
Stl: 0
Blk: 0