Washington Gilbert Arenas turned his conflicting All-Star emotions into another big game. Brendan Haywood won a battle of temperaments that got Zydrunas Ilgauskas ejected in the fourth quarter. Antawn Jamison found his stroke at a vital stretch in the waning minutes.
Oh yeah, and LeBron James had an off night.
There wasn't much to get in the way of a fourth straight Washington Wizards victory Friday night. Arenas, feeling both hurt and elation after a crazy 48 hours, converted his emotions into 32 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and even a career-high three blocks in a 101-89 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On the way to the arena, Arenas got a message on his cell phone letting him know that he was chosen by NBA commissioner David Stern to replace injured Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal for next weekend's All-Star game. Arenas, fourth in the league in scoring at 28.3 points per game, felt he should have been selected with the regular reserves Thursday and said before the game that he still had "things to prove."
"Emotions and excitement," Arenas said. "But I still had to get the job done. It was a very important game for us, and our coaches were probably worried, 'How's he going to react?' But as a team we got the job done."
Pistons 84, Magic 73
Orlando, Fla. - Rasheed Wallace scored 26, Richard Hamilton had 23, and Detroit rode its four All-Stars to a victory over Orlando.
Celtics 115, Trail Blazers 83
Boston - Paul Pierce scored 20 of his 35 points in the third quarter as Boston snapped its six-game losing streak.
Raptors 88, Bobcats 73
Charlotte, N.C. - Charlie Villanueva scored 24, and All-Star Chris Bosh added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Spurs 83, Nets 73
East Rutherford, N.J. - Manu Ginobili scored 22, and Tim Duncan returned after missing a game because of flu-like symptoms to add 12 for the Spurs.
Jazz 94, Timberwolves 80
Minneapolis - Reserve Matt Harpring scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Hornets 111, Knicks 100
Oklahoma City - Speedy Claxton scored 18 points and added a season-high 11 assists.
Pacers 107, Warriors 95
Indianapolis - Stephen Jackson scored 30 points.
Suns 112, Kings 104
Phoenix - Steve Nash scored 24 points, including a key basket and a pair of late free throws.
Nuggets 113, Mavericks 104
Denver - Kenyon Martin scored a season-high 34 points.
Clippers 91, Grizzlies 87
Los Angeles - Elton Brand tied a career high with 44 points.
SuperSonics 99, Hawks 91
Seattle - Damien Wilkins came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points.