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Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010

Wizards pair drew guns inside team locker room

WASHINGTON (AP) The investigation of Gilbert Arenas and the guns he brought to the Verizon Center took a much more serious turn on Friday amid a report that he and Washington Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton allegedly drew on each other during a locker-room argument last month over a gambling debt.

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Firepower off the bench: New York's Nate Robinson goes up for a shot in front of Atlanta's Al Horford on Friday night. The Knicks beat the Hawks 112-108 in overtime. AP PHOTO

Arenas responded with a flurry of messages on Twitter, at times making light of the news but also making one tweet that read somewhat like a denial: "I understand this is serious . . . But if you ever met me you know I don't do serious things. I'm a goofball. This story today (doesn't) sound goofy to me."

Arenas later tweeted he couldn't talk about the report the way he wanted to. He did not respond to a text message left by The Associated Press. A message left for Crittenton's agent also was not returned.

The NBA and the Wizards would only confirm that an investigation is taking place — and it's being led by law enforcement, not the league.

"There is an active investigation by D.C. law enforcement authorities, which we are monitoring closely," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. "We are not taking any independent action at this time."

D.C. police said they are assisting the U.S. Attorney's Office in the matter.

The Wizards and Arenas both have acknowledged that Arenas kept guns in his locker. The team has said the firearms were unloaded and kept in a locked container with no ammunition. Arenas has said he took his guns to the Verizon Center because he didn't want them in his house after the birth of his latest child. He said he later handed them over to team security to give to police.

But Yahoo Sports and the New York Post, both citing unidentified sources, reported the investigation now involves Crittenton. The Post reported Crittenton became angry at Arenas for refusing to make good on a gambling debt. That prompted Arenas to draw on Crittenton, who then reached for a gun, league security sources told the Post.

Pending the outcome of the investigation, Arenas and Crittenton could face fines or suspensions from the NBA.

Robinson returns

ATLANTA (AP) Nate Robinson scored 11 of his 41 points in overtime in his return to New York's lineup, and the Knicks beat the Hawks 112-108 on Friday for their second win in Atlanta this season.

"I got nervous," Robinson said. ". . . I was just real, real nervous. I was just going to do everything he (coach Mike D'Antoni) asked me to do."

Playing for the first time since Dec. 1, Robinson entered the game with 3:01 remaining in the opening period. He made 18 of 24 shots from the field and had eight assists.

Magic 106, Timberwolves 94

In Minneapolis, Rashard Lewis scored 21 points, and Matt Barnes added 17 to help Orlando snap a three-game road losing streak.

Lakers 109, Kings 108

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant hit yet another buzzer-beating 3-pointer and finished with 39 points as the Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat Sacramento.

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