- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 23, 2006

PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns went from snowed in to snowed under by Gilbert Arenas - and their franchise-best 15-game winning streak is history.

Arenas capped a 54-point night by banking in a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 30.7 seconds left in overtime and the Wizards beat the Suns 144-139 on Friday night.

Steve Nash matched his career high with 42 points and had 12 assists, and Shawn Marion added 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who rallied from 15 points down in the second half to send the game into overtime.

But Caron Butler scored 10 of his 34 - one shy of his career best - in the extra session to help Washington to its eighth victory in 10 games.

The Suns arrived a little over two hours before tipoff after being snowed in for two nights in Denver, and couldn’t quite overcome an offensive onslaught by Arenas that brought an end to the NBA’s longest winning streak in seven seasons.

Arenas started the Wizards’ four-game western trip with a career-high 60 points against the Lakers and wrapped it up with his second-best career output.

He converted a three-point play after he was fouled on a running one-handed 9-foot bank shot to tie it at 127 with 20.9 seconds to play in regulation. Nash missed a 3-pointer, then Marion and Amare Stoudemire missed rebound attempts and the game went into overtime.



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