Gilbert Arenas has been playing so well lately, he cannot wait to meet his next opponent.
Arenas will try to lead the Washington Wizards to their season-high fourth straight win when they travel to Charlotte to face the struggling Bobcats.
After averaging 41.8 points on a four-game Western road trip—beginning with a career-high 60-point effort in an overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 17—Arenas scored 31 points in just three quarters of a 116-101 victory over Memphis on Tuesday.
Arenas left the building before the locker room was opened to the media to catch a late-night flight to Charlotte, and was unavailable for comment. Antawn Jamison, who finished with 26 points and nine rebounds, said he’s been amazed by Arenas’ play of late.
“The guy only took 13 shots, of course he gets to the foul line, but he still had 31, that’s impressive,” Jamison said. “Unbelievable what he did the last couple of games and as of late. Everything just seems to come easy. I’m just sitting there watching him and he’s not forcing things up. Just going within the flow and taking his time.”
Jamison, who fell one rebound short of his third straight double-double, is proving to be a nice complement to Arenas. In his last eight games, Jamison is averaging 23.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
The former University of North Carolina star had 35 points in his last visit to Charlotte, a 119-114 win for the Wizards on March 14.
Arenas, who was named NBA player of the week twice this month, is averaging 34.7 points in 13 December games, during which Washington has gone 10-3. He started his incredible run by scoring 33 points and handing out 10 assists in a 121-109 home win over the Bobcats (7-20) on Dec. 1.
“Everybody was sharing the ball and everyone was making shots. We feel good about ourselves,” said Arenas, who compiled six assists in that game before making a field goal. “That’s how we look when we’re good.”
The Wizards have won the last meetings with the Bobcats and are 8-1 in the all-time series, the lone loss coming at Charlotte on November 26, 2005.
Washington (15-12) trails Southeast Division-leading Orlando by one game and will host the Magic on Friday.
Charlotte lost its sixth straight road game Tuesday, falling 97-84 to Dallas. Rookie Adam Morrison scored 17 points, Gerald Wallace added 16 and Matt Carroll had 14 for the Bobcats, who shot just 40.8 percent (31 of 76) from the field.
“Our problem is real simple. It’s putting the ball in the basket,” said Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff, whose team is shooting just 39.6 percent from the floor in its last six home games.
The Bobcats are just 2-4 in that span and 5-9 on their home court overall this season.
Morrison, the third overall pick in the draft, is the only rookie to average double figures in scoring this season at 13.3 points per game, but is scoring just 10.8 ppg at home.