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Arenas scores 38 in Wizards win

TURNAROUNDClinching their first road win of the season, Washington tied the franchise record and matched an NBA season high for makes to hand the Knicks a 113-102 loss

AP , NEW YORK

Stephon Marbury, left, of the New York Knicks drives past Etan Thomas of the Washington Wizards on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Gilbert Arenas scored 38 points, and the Washington Wizards used a sizzling performance from three-point range to beat the New York Knicks 113-102 on Wednesday night for their first road victory of the season.

In a complete turnaround from their last visit to New York, the Wizards went 14-of-20 from behind the arc, tying the franchise record and matching an NBA season high for makes. In a 102-82 loss at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15, the Wizards tied an NBA record for futility by misfiring on all 15 three-point attempts.

Arenas and Antawn Jamison combined to go 0-for-11 that night, but each made six on Wednesday.

Jamison added a season-high 33 points for Washington, playing for the first time since snapping Dallas' 12-game winning streak on Monday. Though only 1-8 on the road, the Wizards have won four of five overall.

Eddy Curry scored 22 points for the Knicks, extending his streak of 20-point games to eight. New York put all five starters in double figures, but was dreadful on the other end.

Cavaliers 95, Raptors 91

LeBron James scored 26 points and did everything Cleveland needed him to in the final minutes, rallying the Cavaliers over the visiting Raptors.

With Cleveland down by seven, James dished out three assists, grabbed a rebound and scored five points -- two on a dunk -- during a 13-0 burst that put the Cavs ahead 90-86. After Fred Jones drained a three-pointer for Toronto, James fed Donyell Marshall for a 3 to make it 93-89 with 17.9 seconds remaining.

Chris Bosh and Anthony Parker had 18 apiece and rookie Andrea Bargnani 14 for the Raptors.

Pacers 94, Magic 80

At Indianapolis, Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington each scored 26 points to lead the Pacers over the Magic.

Jermaine O'Neal added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Jeff Foster grabbed 18 rebounds for the Pacers (10-10), who returned home after losing their final three games of a six-game road trip.

Spurs 96, Bobcats 76

At Charlotte, North Carolina, Tim Duncan shook off a slow start to score 25 points and the Spurs avenged a surprising home loss to Charlotte.

Charlotte, which won in San Antonio 95-92 in overtime three weeks ago, led by seven in the first quarter, when Duncan missed three dunks. But San Antonio recovered and took an 11-point second-quarter lead and the Bobcats faded in the second half after guard Brevin Knight was ejected for picking up two technical fouls.

Sean May scored 18 points, Gerald Wallace had 15 and Raymond Felton added 13 points and nine assists for the Bobcats, who failed to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Grizzlies 98, Celtics 96

At Boston, Rudy Gay's jumper with 2.6 seconds left lifted the Grizzlies over the Celtics.

Chucky Atkins scored 19 points and Lawrence Roberts added a career-high 18 points for the Grizzlies, who snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 2-9 on the road.

The Grizzlies squandered a 17-point fourth-quarter lead, but Gay bailed them out when he took a Mike Miller pass and sank a long jumper from the top of the key with 2.6 seconds left.

Sebastian Telfair missed a long three-pointer at the buzzer for Boston.

Timberwolves 90, Rockets 84

In Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 12 rebounds and led a strong defensive effort by Minnesota against Houston and Yao Ming.

Yao had 14 points and eight rebounds, shooting only 5-for-19 from the field. Tracy McGrady didn't do much for the Rockets, either, finishing with 14 points on 5-for-21 shooting.

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