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The Wizards' star rarely faces double-teams late in close games--and he's making his opponents pay for it.

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Date published: 1/17/2007

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With his 51-point performance Monday afternoon, Arenas, 25, became the first player in franchise history to top the 50-point mark three times.

Earl Monroe, Phil Chenier, Bernard King (twice), Michael Jordan, Moses Malone and Tracy Murray are the others who accomplished the feat.

All three of Arenas' 50-point games have come this season, which is less than halfway finished.

Arenas scored 60 points Dec. 17 against the Los Angeles Lakers and 54 on Dec. 22 against the Phoenix Suns. Both of those games went to overtime.

Only Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan have scored at least 50 points three times over a 30-day span before the age of 26.

The Wizards play host to the New York Knicks tonight, and Arenas will try to become the first player in franchise history to score 50 points in back-to-back games. Don't count him out, and don't count on him being stopped by one player.

"We don't think Gilbert is ever going to miss," Hayes said. "If he's at the top of the key, I don't think anyone can guard him one-on-one."

To reach ADAM HIMMELSBACH: 540/374-5442
Email: ahimmelsbach@freelancestar.com


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