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Arenas scores just three points as Wizards remain winless on road

Nov 25, 2006 - 4:02 AM MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Washington Wizards' road woes brought out the worst in Gilbert Arenas.

Arenas missed his first 10 shots and scored a season-low three points as the Wizards endured their seventh straight road loss with a 95-80 setback to the Memphis Grizzlies.

By falling to 0-7 away from home, Washington matched the 1986-87 club for the worst road start since the franchise moved east from Chicago in 1963.

"Things are just not going our way right now on the road," Arenas said. "Last season we started off 5-1, then we hit the road. Eventually you're going to catch your stride and get out of it."

The Wizards lost four straight games away from home after winning their first two road games in the 2005-06 campaign.

Hakim Warrick scored 18 points and former Wizard Chucky Atkins added 15 for the Grizzlies, who won the third straight meeting in the series.

Entering the contest as the NBA's fourth-leading scorer at 28.3 points per game, Arenas was ice cold, failing to score through the first three quarters while also missing his first four free throws as the Wizards continued to trail.

"I was just missing shots," Arenas said. "It was just one of those nights. ... They come and go."

"He (Arenas) just missed shots," Atkins said. "It's hard to defend a player like him. I don't know that it's anything we did. He can shoot whenever he wants; it's just about trying to make him miss. It's uncommon for him to miss the shots he missed tonight."

Arenas finished 1-of-12 from the floor. His lone basket was a dunk at the six-minute mark of the final period, drawing Washington within 80-74.

"To hold him (Arenas) to three points you have to do two things," Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello said. "One, the guy playing him has to work his tail off for 48 minutes, and the other thing is the other guys have to work and contribute as well. You also have to take into account that you caught him on a night when things would not fall for him."

After Arenas' dunk, the Wizards got no closer. Atkins answered with a 3-pointer and Dahntay Jones, who scored 14 points, sank a pair of foul shots for an 85-74 cushion with 5:16 left.

"I am real proud of our performance tonight," Fratello said. "We defended for four quarters consistently. With what we did, we were able to execute offensively."

Caron Butler had 22 points and 13 rebounds and DeShawn Stevenson scored 14 points for Washington (4-8), which has lost three in a row overall.

"We all have responsibilities," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "My responsibility, my job, is to get us out of this. I've got to find some other ways to win."






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