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WIZARDS: Guard Gilbert Arenas is increasing the intensity of his workouts in an attempt to return this season from knee surgery.

The All-Star guard had an MRI on his surgically repaired left knee Monday. He underwent surgery Nov. 21.

Arenas said one doctor who examined him recommended he work out hard for 12 days.

"If it feels the same as I feel now, I might just play," Arenas said.

Upon his return, he'll have to scale back his game, he said.

"It's just an assist game. They don't want me jumping and being acrobatic," Arenas said.

PACERS: Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels avoided a trial on charges stemming from a 2007 fight at 8 Seconds Saloon.

Prosecutors agreed to drop all charges if the players stay out of trouble for two years.

Tinsley faced a felony charge of intimidation, along with three misdemeanor counts.

Daniels was charged with battery and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.



In Washington, Mike Bibby scored 23 points and Joe Johnson added 18 points and 10 assists to lead Atlanta over Washington on Monday night.

It was the Hawks' third win in a row, moving them one-half game ahead of idle New Jersey for eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Hawks haven't made the playoffs since the 1998-99 season.

The Wizards, who had their three-game winning streak end, had won 12 of 15 games against the Hawks. They fell to 33-33 on the season.

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