Washington police said yesterday they are investigating a report that weapons were found inside a locker room at the Verizon Center, where the Wizards play.

Last week, the Wizards said that guard Gilbert Arenas stored unloaded firearms in a container in his locker at the arena and that the NBA was looking into the situation. But a Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman did not mention Arenas or the team in a statement on the investigation.

However, Arenas acknowledged he was being investigated after the Wizards' 110-98 loss to Oklahoma City at the Verizon Center last night; he did not specify if it was by the NBA or police.

"They've been [investigating] for the last 2 weeks," Arenas said. "You guys just found out about it."

Arenas said he was cooperating with the investigation and that he hadn't brandished weapons in the team's dressing room.

"They just want to know where I got them from," Arenas said. "They want to make sure they're not dirty guns."

In the game, Arenas scored 24 points, but Kevin Durant had 35 points and 11 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Wizards, 110-98.

In other games last night:

* At Atlanta, the Cleveland Cavaliers held the Hawks scoreless for almost 9 minutes to open the fourth quarter and beat the Hawks, 95-84. Mo Williams had 20 points to lead the Cavaliers, and Delonte West had 17.

* At Houston, Aaron Brooks scored 27 points, Luis Scola added 13 points and 12 rebounds and the Rockets overcame Chris Paul's triple-double and David West's career game in a 108-100 win over the New Orleans Hornets. Paul had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 11th career triple-double and first this season. West had 44 points and 12 rebounds.

* At Auburn Hills, Mich., David Lee had a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds, and the New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons their eighth straight loss, 104-87.

* At Chicago, Derrick Rose's 28 points led the Bulls to a 104-95 win over the Indiana Pacers. Chicago's second straight home victory could take some heat off coach Vinny Del Negro, whose job status has been the subject of much speculation after Chicago's disappointing start (now 12-17). The Pacers, meanwhile, lost their seventh straight.

* At San Antonio, Richard Jefferson scored 24 points as the Spurs topped Minnesota, 117-99.


* Minnesota's trade of backup point guard Jason Hart didn't go as smoothly as planned. Hours after mistakenly letting a release leak on the team Web site announcing a trade with New Orleans that never came to fruition, the Timberwolves did ship Hart out after all, to Phoenix. Instead of ending up with Devin Brown from the Hornets, the Wolves landed Alando Tucker, a second-round pick and cash considerations from Phoenix.