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Arenas returned with 5:01 left in the half but didn’t take a shot as Philadelphia trimmed the Wizards’ lead to 47-44 at halftime. He took just two shots in the second quarter and finished the half with 17 points. After the letdown in the third, Arenas finished his night with a dozen points in the fourth.

“I just kept the confidence that I had going coming from the West Coast,” Arenas said. “All it takes is a couple games to get somebody going. I found it out west, and hopefully I keep it going.”

It was a much-needed win for the Wizards, who had lost seven of eight - including three of four on the West Coast trip - and immediately returned to the road for a three-game trip that starts Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

“There can’t be any excuses, there can’t be any letdowns whatsoever,” Antawn Jamison said. “We can’t make excuses for not being mentally ready for back-to-backs or anything like that.”