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Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010

Arenas fears Stern will make example

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas has no concerns about possible legal action brought against him for taking unloaded guns from his locker because law enforcement officials "already know the truth."

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Up for grabs: Chicago's Derrick Rose (bottom) and Charlotte's Gerald Wallace fight for a loose ball during the Bobcats' 113-108 win on Tuesday. AP PHOTO

He's not as confident he can escape punishment from NBA commissioner David Stern.

Arenas said on Tuesday that he'll likely have to meet with Stern to explain why he had guns at the Verizon Center last month. Arenas has yet to be contacted by league officials for his role in what he claims is nothing more than a joke gone awry.

Arenas laughed when he said he feared Stern more than the authorities because the commissioner was "mean." Arenas said Stern could be feeling pressure to discipline him even before authorities make a decision on whether or not to press charges.

"Most likely he's getting a lot of pressure with all the stories going around," Arenas said.

Stern likely will wait until the legal process is complete before handing down penalties, but he could rule on Arenas now since league rules were broken in that instance.

At the NBA's request, the firearms language was bolstered during collective bargaining in 2005. Players are subject to discipline if they bring guns to the arena or practice facility, or even an offsite promotional appearance.

"Once they hear the real stories, and the stories get out, you put it in David Stern's hands," Arenas said. "What he does, he does."

Jamison sparks rally

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Antawn Jamison tied his season-high with 32 points and had 14 rebounds, Nick Young scored 21 points and the Washington Wizards overcame an 18-point deficit in a 104-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

Gilbert Arenas had 19 points and a season-high 14 assists and Andray Blatche scored 12 for the Wizards, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Bobcats 113, Bulls 108

In Charlotte, Gerald Wallace scored 32 points, Stephen Jackson and Flip Murray added 25 each and the Bobcats held off a late rally for their third straight victory.

Derrick Rose and John Salmons missed game-tying 3-point attempts in the closing seconds for the Bulls, who gave up seventh place in the Eastern Conference to the Bobcats despite wiping out a 13-point second-quarter deficit.

Bucks 98, Nets 76

In East Rutherford, N.J., Andrew Bogut scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and Milwaukee got a rare road win.

Carlos Delfino, who had scored 10 points in the Bucks' last five games, added 17 points as Milwaukee won for only the fourth time in 15 road games.

Hakeem Warrick added 13 points and Luke Ridnour had 11 to help the Bucks beat New Jersey for the second time this season.

Pacers 97, Magic 90

In Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert scored a career-high 26 points, leading Indiana past Orlando.

Mavericks 98, Pistons 93

In Dallas, Jason Terry scored 26 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 22 and the Mavericks overcame a slow start to hand Detroit its 10th consecutive loss.

Nuggets 123, Warriors 122

In Denver, J.R. Smith hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift the Nuggets to the victory.

Suns 113, Kings 109

In Sacramento, Steve Nash had 30 points and 12 assists, Amare Stoudemire scored 24 and Phoenix snapped an seven-game road losing streak.

Grizzlies 109, Trail Blazers 105

In Portland, O.J. Mayo scored 27 points and Memphis closed with a 13-1 run during the final 4 minutes to beat the Trailblazers.

Lakers 88, Rockets 79

In Los Angeles, Andrew Bynum scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Lakers rallied to beat Houston for their fourth consecutive victory.

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