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Arenas is stopped in first game back

March 29, 2009|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Gilbert Arenas nearly had a starring finish to his first game in almost a year. Instead, it was Kwame Brown who blocked Arenas' shot in the final seconds.

With 4.5 seconds remaining Saturday and the Washington Wizards trailing by two, Arenas chased down the rebound of his missed own free throw. He whirled to put up a potential game-winning three-pointer, but former Wizards flop Brown got a hand on the shot. Caron Butler then grabbed the ball and missed a baseline jumper at the buzzer, and the Detroit Pistons escaped with a 98-96 victory.

Arenas, who had three knee operations in 18 months, finished with 15 points and 10 assists.

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