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Posted on: Monday, December 18, 2006

Arenas scores 60 for Wizards

Associated Press

Washington's Gilbert Arenas slams against Los Angeles' Ronny Turiaf. Arenas scored 16 points in overtime.

MARK AVERY | Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES Gilbert Arenas got on quite a roll, putting up the most points in franchise history and more than anybody, except Wilt Chamberlain, has scored against the Lakers.

In a Kobe-like performance, Arenas had 60 points and outscored Los Angeles' Bryant by 15 last night in the Washington Wizards' 147-141 overtime victory.

Arenas had 16 points in the 5-minute extra period, including 14 in a row for the Wizards during one stretch.

His scoring total was the most against the Lakers in 40 years.

Chamberlain, who played for the Warriors in Philadelphia and San Francisco and then for the 76ers before joining the Lakers, scored 60 or more points against them multiple times, the last a 65-point outing in 1966.

Arenas went 17 of 32 from the floor, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range. He made 21 of his 27 free throws and had eight assists and eight rebounds. Forty-three of his points came after halftime.

The previous franchise high was 56 by Earl Monroe on Feb. 13, 1968 also against the Lakers in overtime when the Wizards were the Baltimore Bullets.

"It was bound to happen," Arenas said. "I'm a scorer, so I was going to have one of those days where I was clicking. Most of the time when I've scored 46 in three quarters, we were blowing the other team out, so I didn't get to play in the fourth.

"But tonight was that time. It was a close game and I stayed in. I found the rhythm, especially in the fourth quarter and in overtime, and I never looked back."

Arenas' previous high was 47 points, against Miami last Dec. 30.

Asked how the Wizards' guard scored so many, Bryant said, "First of all, he shot 27 free throws. We as a team shot 30. Think about that."

Washington shot 60 free throws and made 47.

Bryant added, "Some of the shots he took tonight, you miss those, they're just terrible shots, just awful. You make them and they're unbelievable shots."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Arenas was spectacular.

"He made a lot of different shots, drives, 3-pointers, and still had that energy left to finish that game off," Jackson said.

Bryant, coming off a 53-point performance his previous game, went 15 of 24 from the floor and 8 of 10 from the line. He made 7 of 11 from beyond the arc, part of the Lakers' franchise-record 44 shots from 3-point range. They made 19, including 5 of 9 by Vladimir Radmanovic.

Bryant, who scored just four points in overtime, finished with 10 assists and eight rebounds.

Antawn Jamison had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Washington, and Caron Butler scored 27. Radmanovic, starting in place of the injured Lamar Odom, had 27 points, and Luke Walton had 15 points and a career-high 11 assists.

Arenas had 12 points in the third quarter, including a 3 with 31 seconds left to put Washington ahead 90-80 to start the fourth period.

The Wizards led by as many as 17 early in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers came back to catch them at 126 and send the game into overtime.

The victory was the Wizards' fourth in five games against the Lakers, but only their second in the last 14 meetings in Los Angeles. Washington also won for just the third time overall in 11 road games this season, and the Lakers lost at home for only the fourth time in 17 games.

ROCKETS 108, CLIPPERS 103

LOS ANGELES Yao Ming had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Rafer Alston added 24 points and eight assists, and Houston snapped a three-game losing streak without Tracy McGrady.

McGrady missed his fourth straight game because of back spasms.

JAZZ 104, PACERS 94

INDIANAPOLIS Carlos Boozer has 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Mehmet Okur added 17 points to help Utah open a five-game trip with a victory.

Jermaine O'Neal led Indiana with 31 points.

RAPTORS 120, WARRIORS 115

TORONTO Morris Peterson had 23 points, and T.J. Ford added 21 points and 14 assists to lead Toronto to its third straight victory without Chris Bosh.

Raptors point guard Jose Calderon was removed from the court on a stretcher and placed in a neck brace after injuring his lower back on a rebound with 32 seconds left. Tests revealed he sustained just a bruise to his left lower back.

PISTONS 97, SUPERSONICS 93

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Jason Maxiell hit a baseline jumper with 6.8 seconds left for Detroit, and finished with career highs of 17 points, 12 rebounds and 33 minutes

Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 24 points, and Chauncey Billups had 21. Rashard Lewis led Seattle with 25 points.

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