Back in scoring mode, Arenas leads 106-102 win over Toronto

December 02, 2009|By Sports Digest

Gilbert Arenas broke out of a scoring slump by dropping his new pass-first approach. Arenas had 22 points and nine assists, Antawn Jamison had 30 points and 12 rebounds and the visiting Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors, 106-102, on Tuesday night. "We've got confidence in him," Jamison said of Arenas, who was limited to just 15 games the past two years because of knee problems. "We know he's going to find a way to get out of it and make us a better team and start being his old self again, too." When Jamison returned to Washington's lineup after missing the first nine games of the season with an injured right shoulder, Arenas stopped trying to score and started trying to be a playmaker. He ended up hardly scoring at all, finishing with nine and six points in Washington's previous two games. "I started, in my mind, winding myself out of scoring," Arenas said. "It was to the point where, when I did shoot it, I was never in sync, I was never in aggressive mode." It was the first time Arenas had failed to score at least 10 in back-to-back games since his rookie season in 2002, so he changed strategies again after a chat with coach Flip Saunders. "Flip sat me down after the last game and said, 'Play how you play. Play your way.' I was like, 'All right.' "

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