Gilbert Arenas, replacing injured rookie John Wall, scored 20 points in his first start of the season to help the host Wizards beat the Raptors 109-94 on Tuesday night. Andray Blatche had 22, Nick Young scored 20, and Kirk Hinrich added 13 points and 12 assists for Washington, which won for the third time in nine games.
Wall was out with a sprained left foot, and Coach Flip Saunders started Arenas, who came off the bench in his first five games. Arenas had seven rebounds and six assists in his first start since Jan. 5, shortly before he was suspended for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room.
The one-time franchise poster boy scored 30 points when Wall, the No. 1 draft choice out of Kentucky, was injured in last Saturday's game in Chicago.
About 90 minutes before the game, Saunders said he wasn't sure whether Wall would travel with the team for Wednesday's game in Boston. Not long afterward, Wall entered the arena on crutches.
Hawks 102, Pacers 92: Josh Smith had 25 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks to lead Atlanta. Mike Bibby scored 16 points, and Al Horford added 15 for the Hawks, who won their second straight after a four-game losing streak. Danny Granger scored 22 points, Roy Hibbert had 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy added 14 for the Pacers, who were shorthanded with point guard Darren Collison and reserve forward Tyler Hansbrough out with sprained left ankles.
Lakers 118, Bucks 107: Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, Shannon Brown added 16 of his 21 in the fourth quarter, and host Los Angeles snapped a two-game losing streak. The Lakers had started 8-0 before the losses, but Brown and Bryant sparked them on both ends of the floor against what had been the stingiest defense in the NBA.
Cavaliers 101, 76ers 93: Daniel Gibson scored 18 points, Jamario Moon added 13, and host Cleveland finally shook its third-quarter blues against Philadelphia, who lost their fourth in a row and played without swingman Andre Iguodala, out with a troublesome Achilles' tendon.
Gibson had eight assists, and Joey Graham added 13 points off the bench as the Cavs (5-5) ended a two-game slide and got back to .500.
Cleveland outscored Philadelphia 26-16 in the third, only the second time in 10 games that the Cavs have outscored their opponent in that period.
Around the league
Trail Blazers: Leading scorer Brandon Roy missed the game against Memphis Tuesday night with a left knee injury. It was the first missed game of the season for Roy, who averages 18.1 points.
Timberwolves: Minnesota expects point guard Luke Ridnour to return to the lineup Wednesday against the Clippers after missing the past five games with a strained left hamstring. Ridnour said he feels healthy, which means the Timberwolves finally will have a starting point guard at full strength. Jonny Flynn has not played this season with a hip injury, and Coach Kurt Rambis says he "is still a ways away" from returning.
Magic-Knicks: The game that was postponed because of an asbestos scare at Madison Square Garden will be played on March 28. Orlando will now play at New York twice in a six-day span, after visiting on March 23. The Knicks now will have a four-game homestand from March 28-April 5.
Suns: Phoenix signed center Earl Barron because of Robin Lopez's knee injury.
Lakers: Center Theo Ratliff will be sidelined at least four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the Lakers said Tuesday.