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Washington Opens NBA Season with Win
DALLAS (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas had 29 points and nine assists, helping stake the Washington Wizards to an early lead over the revamped Dallas Mavericks and keeping them ahead throughout the final three quarters on their way to a 102-91 victory Tuesday night.

Arenas shot 10 of 21 and made 8-of-9 free throws for his most points since November 14, 2007. He played only 13 games that season, then had a total of 26 points in two games last season, all because of knee problems. He's feeling so good now that he's not even wearing a brace.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points, but was only 10 of 25. He was 12 of 13 from the foul line, all in the first half. Shawn Marion had 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in his Dallas debut.

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