WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the game tied, Cuttino Mobley made a spin
move in the lane and drew a foul on Gilbert Arenas with 1.5 seconds
remaining. Arenas grabbed the ball, took it to the center circle
and threw it against the other backboard in frustration.
No technical was called, but the Kings didn't need it. Mobley
made the free throws to give the Sacramento Kings a 110-108 victory
over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night, leaving Arenas to
wonder where the fouls were when he was driving to the basket
throughout the game.
Arenas matched his career high with 43 points, topping Mike
Bibby's 38 for Sacramento. Arenas made 16 of 32 field goals --
including 7 of 11 3-pointers -- in his fourth 40-point game of the
season, but he was upset that he had just seven free-throw
"I don't understand it sometimes," Arenas said. "I probably
drive the lane as strong as anybody in the league, and I don't get
the same calls anybody gets, like an Iverson, who can shoot 26 free
throws a night. Because he's little, he gets hit. Because I'm
bigger, when I get hit, they don't do anything with it. Last night,
I should have shot 20-something free throws; tonight I should have
shot 20-something free throws. But I guess I've got to get more
years in the league to get that call."
As for his foul on Mobley, Arenas said: "It's not one of those
calls you make when I drove the ball 10 times and he did the same
thing to me and you don't call those. It's one second left, you let
that go. Let's go to overtime."
Bibby made 13 of 23 shots, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range,
and 7 of 8 free throws for the Kings, who are 2-1 midway through a
six-game road trip. Mobley scored 18 points, and Brad Miller had 12
points and 10 rebounds. Sacramento improved to 2-0 -- both decided
in the last two seconds -- since welcoming three new players
obtained in the Chris Webber trade.
"It really gives us a boost because we were struggling," coach
Rick Adelman said. "We lost a lot of close games before the trade.
Winning these two is a huge boost. But in this league, you've got
to back it up now. You've got to keep going on this trip. This just
gives us a little momentum while we're trying to get organized."
While the Kings are adjusting to life with new faces Corliss
Williamson, Kenny Thomas and Brian Skinner -- obtained last week
from Philadelphia for Webber, Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley -- the
Wizards' lineup looked almost as new as Sacramento's. Kwame Brown
started for the first time this season because of an injury to
Jared Jeffries and had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Steve Blake
scored a season-high 17 points in a season-high 34 minutes after
Jarvis Hayes left the game in the second quarter with tendinitis in
his right knee.
The Wizards also played without point guard Larry Hughes, who
had targeted Sunday's game for his return from a fractured right
thumb. Hughes decided to sit out after having another set of X-rays
just before tip-off.
In addition, Antawn Jamison had a rare off night, making 3 of 15
shots and scoring only seven points. The Wizards also struggled
from the line, making just 18 of 33 free throws, crucial misses in
a game that included 18 ties and 15 lead changes.
Washington has lost five of its last six and had a five-game
home winning streak snapped.
"We don't want to let this thing slip away, with all that we've
accomplished," said center Brendan Haywood, who scored 13 points.
"We're down right now, with Larry, Jarvis, Jared being hurt, guys
being sick. It's easy to get things snowballed at the wrong time.
But we still know we can go out there and win."
Brown, recently back from a series of foot injuries,
started because Jeffries has a deep bruise and some swelling in his
right knee after banging it during Friday's loss at Chicago. ...
Washington coach Eddie Jordan said Hughes' availability won't be
known until the X-rays are read. He also said guard Juan Dixon
(sprained ankle) could return by the end of the week. ... Peja
Stojakovic (strained right hamstring) sat out his sixth straight
game for the Kings. ... Williamson was whistled for a technical
foul for arguing with an official after getting called for his
fifth personal in the fourth quarter. ... Mobley had to be
restrained as he jawed with a fan while leaving the court after the
game. "He was talking the whole game, specifically to me and
(about) Gilbert being hot and having a certain amount of points and
I only got this amount of points. 'I come alive in the fourth,'
that's what I said to him," Mobley said.
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