Dave Johnson: Arenas Starts And Wizards Finish

Dave Johnson: Arenas Starts And Wizards Finish
November 17, 2010, 2:39 am
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By Dave Johnson
CSNwashington.comWASHINGTON -- Rookie forward Kevin Seraphin played his first minutes of the season and scored the Wizards final two points. It was that kind of night. Missing John Wall and Yi Jianlian because of injuries, the Wizards put together a complete game in a 109-94 win over the Raptors.In Saturdays loss to the Bulls the Wizards played with energy and effort but against the Raptors they added intelligence. On their first possession the Wizards made several passes and used both sides of the floor before Gilbert Arenas hit a three. It was a sign of things to come.The Wizards finished with 28 assists on 45 made field goals and out rebounded the Raptors 47-36. Andray Blatche led five Wizards in double figures with 22 points to go with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Blatche turned in one of his more efficient games and his commitment to get scores in the paint was reflected in his 9 of 13 shooting mark from the floor.You come into the game and we carried over what we did in Chicago in the second half, said Wizards head coach Flip Saunders. We played with a great amount of energy. We took a team where their strength was their rebounding ability; one of the top two rebounding teams in the league, and we out-rebounded them. From the beginning, JaVale (McGee) really started that in the first quarter.McGee led the Wizards total commitment to rebounding with 9 boards. The guards were also active in chasing down the long rebounds. Arenas had 7 rebounds and Nick Young finished with a career high 6 rebounds.Young helped the Wizards get going in the first half when he came off the bench to score 14 of his 20 points.

With Wall sidelined with a sprained left foot, Arenas started in the back court with Kirk Hinrich. Like they did at the end of the Bulls game, Arenas and Hinrich worked well together and Hinrich put together a double-double with 13 points and 12 assists. Arenas scored 20 points and dished out 7 assists.I love the ability that we had 28 assists and had maybe a little bit too many turnovers; we gambled a little bit, Saunders added. We played a lot of guys. But more than anything else, I liked our aggressiveness; I liked our aggressiveness in pick-and-rolls; I liked the way we really shared the ball as a team and played as a team.In the third quarter Arenas scored 10 of his points as the Wizards broke open the game by outscoring the Raptors 36-21. With 1:54 left in the third, Hilton Armstrongs put back of a Trevor Booker missed shot with an emphatic one-handed slam dunk gave the Wizards an 86-62 lead and little doubt where the game was heading.It did get a little shaky for the Wizards at the start of the fourth quarter when they turned the ball over four times in the first three minutes and allowed the Raptors to go on a 9-2 run to trim the Wizards lead to 92-77 with 8:58 left in the game. The Raptors would not be able to get any closer the rest of the night.Sonny Weems led the Raptors with 16 points and former Montrose Christian star Linas Kleiza added 15 points off the bench. The Wizards were able to keep sharp-shooting center Andrea Bargnani under control as he only scored 12 points on 3 of 13 shooting from the field.