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Monday, Nov. 16, 2009

Arenas still quiet as Wizards lose again

WASHINGTON (AP) Gilbert Arenas briefly hauled the Hibachi out of storage, then opened up about his inconsistency this season.

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Taking it to the hole: Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey drives to the basket as Wizards center JaVale McGee (right) defends during their game on Saturday in Washington. AP PHOTO

Perhaps it was because of the sting of his Washington Wizards' sixth consecutive loss, a 106-103 setback against the Ben Gordon-led Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.

Perhaps it was because Arenas shot 0-for-6 in the first quarter. Or because he didn't make a fourth-quarter field goal until 1.9 seconds were left, too late to make a difference.

Whatever the motivation, Arenas talked at length in the locker room about thinking instead of reacting; worrying how many assists he collects so he can be seen as a top point guard; figuring out how to involve talented teammates in new coach Flip Saunders' offense; having more fun on the court now that he's healthy.

"There's always a half or a quarter where I don't shoot or I don't score. Before, in (former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan's) system, he needed me to score 30. In this system, I don't have to," Arenas said. "Me sitting, not shooting for a whole quarter, doesn't really bother (me), because we have other players that's scoring. But then when I try to get in a rhythm, I just don't have that feel, so I have to try to find a way to keep myself in the game the whole time."

While he was quiet in the fourth quarter Saturday, Gordon took over, scoring eight of Detroit's final 10 points to finish with 29. Charlie Villanueva added 25 points for Detroit, which held Washington to one field goal over the final 5 minutes.

Reserve guard Will Bynum contributed 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Pistons, who have won three in a row.

Arenas set up a basket by Earl Boykins that put Washington ahead 95-89 with 5:04 to play — but the Wizards wouldn't register another field goal until the closing seconds.

"The thing I like about this team is, we keep chipping away," Gordon said. "We don't hang our heads. We don't make excuses. We play hard, and that got us back in the game."

Bucks 129, Warriors 125

In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 55 points, breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's franchise rookie record, to lead the Bucks to a come-from-behind victory over the Warriors.

Heat 81, Nets 80

In Miami, Dwyane Wade's 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left gave the Heat a victory over undermanned and winless New Jersey.

Cavaliers 107, Jazz 103

In Cleveland, LeBron James' three-point play with 28 seconds remaining lifted the short-handed Cavs to their fourth straight victory.

Pacers 113, Celtics 104

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 29 points, Dahntay Jones added a season-high 25 and the Pacers handed the Celtics their second straight loss.

Thunder 101, Spurs 98

In San Antonio, Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Oklahoma City spoiled the return of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to the Spurs' lineup.

Hawks 121, Hornets 98

In Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 26 points, Jamal Crawford added 21 and the Hawks beat New Orleans for their fourth straight victory.

Grizzlies 97, Timberwolves 87

In Memphis, Marc Gasol scored 17 points and matched his career high with 16 rebounds, and Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo had 19 points apiece to help the Grizzlies snap a seven-game losing streak.

Trail Blazers 80, Bobcats 74

In Charlotte, Brandon Roy scored 25 points, Andre Miller added 15 and Portland improved to 8-3.

Bulls 94, 76ers 88

In Chicago, Luol Deng and the slumping Kirk Hinrich each scored 19 points to help the Bulls snap a two-game losing streak.

Derrick Rose, John Salmons, Brad Miller and Joakim Noah each added 14 points. Andre Iguodala led Philadelphia with 24 points.



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