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Arenas: 'I deserve to be punished'

WASHINGTON — Gilbert Arenas says he deserves to be punished for bringing guns to the locker room.

The suspended Wizards guard told Esquire magazine that he wasn't using "longevity thinking" when he took out four guns in what he says was an attempt to play a prank on teammate Javaris Crittenton in December.

Arenas pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge in January and will be sentenced next week. He has been suspended until the end of the season by the NBA.

In Esquire, which hits newsstands next week, Arenas says he has "messed up" the legacy of Wizards owner Abe Pollin, who died in November.

"I have a painting of him in my garage. I just walk by it with my head down," Arenas said. "I called Mrs. Pollin and said, 'If Abe was still with us, I would've had to talk to him, so I'm gonna give you the same respect. I want to say sorry to you. I deserve to be punished. I'll do everything it takes to get back your husband's respect.' "

Arenas told Esquire that he used to have as many as 500 firearms in his home, having bought many of them from an elderly man's World War I collection. He says he put all but four of the weapons in storage when he started having children.

Game highlights: Rookie guard Toney Douglas, a former Florida State standout, finished with 20 points and seven assists as the Knicks rallied past the host 76ers for a 94-84 win. "The coaches have a lot of confidence in me," Douglas said. "I have confidence in myself. I feel comfortable." Former Florida standout David Lee grabbed 16 rebounds for the Knicks. … Aaron Brooks swished a jumper with 2.9 seconds left and scored 31 to help the host Rockets rally for a 125-123 victory over the Nuggets, who got 45 points from Carmelo Anthony. … Deron Williams notched his 35th double double of the season (17 points, 11 assists) and the host Jazz ended a two-game skid with a 112-89 victory over the Wizards.

Around the league: An emotional Dorell Wright returned to practice with the Heat, four days after being arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and being suspended by the team for two games. He is expected to be in uniform tonight against the Spurs.

Celtics 119, Pistons 93

DETROIT (93): Prince 0-3 0-0 0, Jerebko 4-9 2-2 10, Maxiell 4-8 3-4 11, Bynum 6-11 4-4 16, Hamilton 4-7 5-7 14, Villanueva 1-4 2-2 4, Daye 3-3 0-1 6, Gordon 4-10 2-2 11, Brown 1-5 1-6 3, Summers 4-5 2-2 12, Atkins 2-3 1-1 6. Totals 33-68 22-31 93.

BOSTON (119): Pierce 4-6 6-7 15, Garnett 6-9 2-2 14, Perkins 4-8 3-6 11, Rondo 1-5 1-2 3, R.Allen 6-9 1-1 15, Davis 6-8 1-2 13, Daniels 5-7 1-2 11, R.Wallace 3-4 2-2 8, Robinson 3-8 1-2 8, Finley 6-7 0-0 15, T.Allen 0-1 2-2 2, Williams 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 46-74 20-28 119.

Detroit 15 20 35 23— 93

Boston 31 33 25 30— 119

3-Point GoalsDetroit 5-16 (Summers 2-2, Atkins 1-2, Hamilton 1-3, Gordon 1-3, Villanueva 0-1, Bynum 0-1, Jerebko 0-4), Boston 7-16 (Finley 3-4, R.Allen 2-4, Pierce 1-3, Robinson 1-3, Daniels 0-1, R.Wallace 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 36 (Maxiell 10), Boston 44 (Garnett, Perkins 8). AssistsDetroit 17 (Bynum 7), Boston 34 (Rondo 6). Total FoulsDetroit 21, Boston 25. TechnicalsDetroit defensive three second, Perkins, Robinson. A18,624 (18,624).

Knicks 94, 76ers 84

NEW YORK (94): Chandler 6-9 0-0 12, Gallinari 8-15 2-3 21, Lee 4-6 0-2 8, Douglas 7-13 4-4 20, McGrady 5-12 0-0 14, Harrington 4-10 5-6 15, Walker 1-5 0-0 2, Rodriguez 1-3 0-0 2, House 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 36-76 11-15 94.

PHILADELPHIA (84): Young 2-8 1-2 6, Brand 3-8 1-2 7, Dalembert 4-8 3-3 11, Holiday 7-14 2-2 18, Iguodala 5-22 4-8 14, Green 8-14 0-2 17, Kapono 3-9 0-0 8, Smith 0-0 1-2 1, Carney 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 33-86 12-21 84.

New York 26 18 29 21— 94

Philadelphia 25 30 14 15— 84

3-Point GoalsNew York 11-25 (McGrady 4-5, Gallinari 3-6, Harrington 2-6, Douglas 2-6, Walker 0-2), Philadelphia 6-25 (Kapono 2-6, Holiday 2-6, Green 1-2, Young 1-3, Carney 0-1, Iguodala 0-7). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 43 (Lee 16), Philadelphia 63 (Dalembert 18). AssistsNew York 21 (Douglas 7), Philadelphia 14 (Holiday 6). Total FoulsNew York 18, Philadelphia 19. A13,563 (20,318).

Rockets 125, Nuggets 123

DENVER (123): Anthony 18-35 6-7 45, Nene 5-14 5-6 15, Petro 4-6 3-3 11, Billups 7-13 0-0 17, Afflalo 5-9 0-0 12, Smith 8-18 1-2 17, C.Andersen 1-1 1-2 3, Carter 1-3 0-0 3, Graham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 49-99 16-20 123.

HOUSTON (125): Ariza 5-9 1-2 12, Scola 11-18 1-1 23, Hayes 2-3 2-2 6, Brooks 11-17 7-9 31, Kev.Martin 9-16 10-13 29, Battier 2-5 0-0 6, Budinger 0-0 0-0 0, Lowry 3-7 2-2 8, Hill 0-1 5-6 5, D.Andersen 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 45-79 28-35 125.

Denver 29 28 38 28— 123

Houston 38 30 25 32— 125

3-Point GoalsDenver 9-22 (Billups 3-4, Anthony 3-5, Afflalo 2-6, Carter 1-2, Smith 0-5), Houston 7-16 (Battier 2-4, Brooks 2-4, D.Andersen 1-1, Ariza 1-2, Kev.Martin 1-4, Lowry 0-1). Fouled OutBillups. ReboundsDenver 51 (Nene, Anthony, Petro 10), Houston 44 (Scola 11). AssistsDenver 22 (Nene 5), Houston 23 (Brooks 9). Total FoulsDenver 26, Houston 22. TechnicalsDenver delay of game. A16,369 (18,043).

Jazz 112, Wizards 89

WASHINGTON (89): Thornton 1-9 2-2 4, Blatche 9-19 6-8 24, McGee 3-8 1-2 7, Livingston 3-8 0-0 6, Miller 5-11 3-4 14, Singleton 1-6 4-4 6, Foye 3-6 1-2 8, Ross 0-3 0-0 0, Boykins 1-5 0-0 2, Oberto 0-0 2-2 2, Young 2-5 2-2 6, Gee 3-4 3-4 10. Totals 31-84 24-30 89.

UTAH (112): Miles 1-7 2-4 4, Boozer 8-12 7-7 23, Okur 6-7 1-2 14, Williams 7-14 3-5 17, Matthews 4-7 2-2 12, Millsap 4-11 2-6 10, Korver 5-9 1-2 11, Gaines 6-7 1-3 15, Fesenko 2-6 0-0 4, Jeffers 0-2 2-4 2. Totals 43-82 21-35 112.

Washington 25 20 15 29— 89

Utah 25 34 31 22— 112

3-Point GoalsWashington 3-9 (Gee 1-1, Miller 1-2, Foye 1-3, Boykins 0-1, Young 0-2), Utah 5-13 (Gaines 2-3, Matthews 2-4, Okur 1-1, Korver 0-1, Williams 0-1, Miles 0-3). Fouled OutMillsap. ReboundsWashington 57 (Miller, Singleton 10), Utah 55 (Boozer 9). AssistsWashington 17 (Foye 5), Utah 28 (Williams 11). Total FoulsWashington 23, Utah 26. TechnicalsBlatche. A19,611 (19,911).

Arenas: 'I deserve to be punished' 03/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 1:15am]

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