WASHINGTON (AP)—With the game tied, Cuttino Mobley made a spin move in the lane and drew a foul on Gilbert Arenas with 1.5 seconds remaining. Arenas grabbed the ball, took it to the center circle and threw it against the other backboard in frustration.
No technical was called, but the Kings didn’t need it. Mobley made the free throws to give the Sacramento Kings a 110-108 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night, leaving Arenas to wonder where the fouls were when he was driving to the basket throughout the game.
Arenas matched his career high with 43 points, topping Mike Bibby’s 38 for Sacramento. Arenas made 16 of 32 field goals—including 7 of 11 3-pointers— in his fourth 40-point game of the season, but he was upset that he had just seven free-throw attempts.
“I don’t understand it sometimes,” Arenas said. “I probably drive the lane as strong as anybody in the league, and I don’t get the same calls anybody gets, like an Iverson, who can shoot 26 free throws a night. Because he’s little, he gets hit. Because I’m bigger, when I get hit, they don’t do anything with it. Last night, I should have shot 20-something free throws; tonight I should have shot 20-something free throws. But I guess I’ve got to get more years in the league to get that call.”
As for his foul on Mobley, Arenas said: “It’s not one of those calls you make when I drove the ball 10 times and he did the same thing to me and you don’t call those. It’s one second left, you let that go. Let’s go to overtime.”
Bibby made 13 of 23 shots, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and 7 of 8 free throws for the Kings, who are 2-1 midway through a six-game road trip. Mobley scored 18 points, and Brad Miller had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sacramento improved to 2-0—both decided in the last two seconds—since welcoming three new players obtained in the Chris Webber trade.
“It really gives us a boost because we were struggling,” coach Rick Adelman said. “We lost a lot of close games before the trade. Winning these two is a huge boost. But in this league, you’ve got to back it up now. You’ve got to keep going on this trip. This just gives us a little momentum while we’re trying to get organized.”
While the Kings are adjusting to life with new faces Corliss Williamson, Kenny Thomas and Brian Skinner—obtained last week from Philadelphia for Webber, Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley—the Wizards’ lineup looked almost as new as Sacramento’s. Kwame Brown started for the first time this season because of an injury to Jared Jeffries and had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Steve Blake scored a season-high 17 points in a season-high 34 minutes after Jarvis Hayes left the game in the second quarter with tendinitis in his right knee.
The Wizards also played without point guard Larry Hughes, who had targeted Sunday’s game for his return from a fractured right thumb. Hughes decided to sit out after having another set of X-rays just before tip-off.
In addition, Antawn Jamison had a rare off night, making 3 of 15 shots and scoring only seven points. The Wizards also struggled from the line, making just 18 of 33 free throws, crucial misses in a game that included 18 ties and 15 lead changes.
Washington has lost five of its last six and had a five-game home winning streak snapped.
“We don’t want to let this thing slip away, with all that we’ve accomplished,” said center Brendan Haywood, who scored 13 points. “We’re down right now, with Larry, Jarvis, Jared being hurt, guys being sick. It’s easy to get things snowballed at the wrong time. But we still know we can go out there and win.”
Brown, recently back from a series of foot injuries, started because Jeffries has a deep bruise and some swelling in his right knee after banging it during Friday’s loss at Chicago. … Washington coach Eddie Jordan said Hughes’ availability won’t be known until the X-rays are read. He also said guard Juan Dixon (sprained ankle) could return by the end of the week. … Peja Stojakovic (strained right hamstring) sat out his sixth straight game for the Kings. … Williamson was whistled for a technical foul for arguing with an official after getting called for his fifth personal in the fourth quarter. … Mobley had to be restrained as he jawed with a fan while leaving the court after the game. “He was talking the whole game, specifically to me and (about) Gilbert being hot and having a certain amount of points and I only got this amount of points. ‘I come alive in the fourth,’ that’s what I said to him,” Mobley said.