Sports /BasketballWizards earn first win without Butler(AP) Updated: 2007-03-18 16:21Its been awhile since theWashington Wizards won a game without Caron Butler. Its been even longer sincean NBA player had two four-point plays in the same game.And how long has it been since a cheerleader tore her ACL trying to dunk? Whoknows?Gilbert Arenas took care of the first two items on that list Saturday night,but only after a quick recovery from a trans-Atlantic flight to experience thejoy of fatherhood. Arenas scored 30 points — including four-at-a-time twice –to lead the Wizards to a 125-103 victory over the tired and slumping New OrleansHornets.Arenas missed practice Friday to fly to Oakland to witness the birth of hisfirst son, Alijah Amani Arenas. He returned on the redeye early Saturday andslept much of the day.”I was tired, crazy, excited all in one,” Arenas said. “I tried to make sureI stayed off my feet, but to see my son being born, that was just exciting. Imking of the castle now.”The king went 10-for-18 from the field, 6-for-6 from the free-throw line andhad 11 assists. He was also fouled by Marc Jackson while hitting a 3-pointerlate in the third quarter and by Bobby Jackson while making a 3 early in thefourth. He converted the free throw each time, making him the first player tohave two four-point plays in the same game since Tracy McGrady did it forOrlando against Memphis on Nov. 12, 2003.”Thats what I do. I do things like that,” Arenas said. “Right now Im on topof the charts.”That bit of boastfulness was too much for teammate Antonio Daniels, whointerrupted by shouting incredulously: “Did you just say, Thats what I do?Thats what I do!””Im allowed to say that,” said Arenas, exercising his usual Gilbertology.”This is my interview.”What Arenas and his teammates hadnt done recently is win without Butler.They had lost eight straight without their All-Star forward — five when he hada sprained thumb late last season and three when he had back spasms a few weeksago. His latest ailment, a bruised knee, didnt derail the Wizards this time asthey shot a season-high 58 percent from the field to move one-half game ahead ofMiami atop the Southeast Division.Butler will miss all of the upcoming five-game road trip, but the Wizards canlive without him if they keep getting contributions from everyone — the entireactive roster had scored by the end of the third quarter — and if they keepencountering struggling teams like the Hornets.”We had 12 guys play the right way, play very well for 48 minutes,”Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. “We shared the ball well, the bench did agreat job, and we just caught a team that was coming off an emotional win lastnight. We got them on the back-to-back, and our focus was to keep pushing, keeppushing and make them play on their heels a little bit.”New Orleans, trying to stay in contention for a playoff berth in the WesternConference, lost for the seventh time in eight games. The Hornets entered thegame leading the league in rebounding, but they grabbed only 32 boards to theWizards 43. Chris Paul, playing the second game of a back-to-back for the firsttime since he was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left foot, led histeam with 21 points and eight assists in 32 minutes.”We got our butt kicked. I just thought our guys were tired,” New Orleanscoach Byron Scott said. “Every year when youre playing 82 games, youre goingto lay an egg. Tonight was one of those nights where we laid a big-time egg.”New Orleans only lead was 2-0. The Wizards shot 68 percent in the firstquarter to take a 39-30 lead and were up by 10 both at halftime and at the endof the third. They put the game away with a 22-4 run to open the fourth,allowing Arenas to sit for good with 5:23 left in the game.In fact, the only reason to watch the fourth quarter was to see a stuntinvolving the Wizards dance team during a timeout. The girls attempted to dunkthe ball after bouncing on a mini-trampoline. One dancer made her dunk and hungon the rim — then landed awkwardly and was taken to the hospital with a tornACL.Antawn Jamison added 21 points for the Wizards, who have won two straightfollowing a three-game skid that had put their division lead in jeopardy.DeShawn Stevenson scored 18 points, and Darius Songaila matched his season-highwith 12.David West had 17 points and eight rebounds for theHornets.Top Sports News · Raikkonen wins Australian GP for Ferrari · Kobe erupts for 65 to edge Blazers· Hantuchova into Pac Life finals· Yao return adds fuel to Rockets playoff drive· Alston, Yao carry Rockets past RaptorsTodays Top News · China raises interest rates to slow inflation· Asteroids named after space astronauts· Thousands protesters against Iraq war· First Lunar orbiter may lift off soon· Landmark property law adoptedMost Commented/Read Stories in 48 Hoursfor(i=1;i