Brand has big game in win over Wizards
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand had 32 points, nine rebounds
and three steals to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 116-101 victory over
the Washington Wizards at the Staples Center.
Sam Cassell shot 10-of-15 from the floor for 26 points and added eight assists
and Chris Kaman registered 21 points and 13 boards for
the Clippers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Los Angeles has the fifth
playoff spot in the Western Conference with a half-game lead over Memphis.
Corey Maggette added 19 points in the win, the Clippers’ third consecutive
“Our guys came out and played very well defensively against a team with a
high-powered offense,” said Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy. “Their
(Washington) game is speed, and I thought we did a good job of keeping the
tempo the way we wanted.”
Antawn Jamison scored 31 points and Gilbert Arenas netted 17 points and dished
out seven assists for the Wizards, who lost for just the third time in their
last eight attempts. Despite the loss, Washington holds the fifth spot in the
Eastern Conference with a half-game edge over the Indiana Pacers.
The Clippers jumped out to a 14-6 lead on Cassell’s running jumper, but
Jamison’s four-point play brought the Wizards within 14-10. Moments later,
Cassell’s three upped the lead to 23-13. The guard scored 11 of Los Angeles’
first 23 points. The Clippers led 32-20 after 12 minutes of play.
Washington opened the second quarter with a 15-7 run, including six straight
points from Jamison to finish the surge, and pull within four, 39-35. However,
the Clippers responded with a 15-6 run, capped by Brand’s layup, to make the
score 54-41. Los Angeles took a 63-47 lead at the break.
The Clippers extended their lead to 76-52, courtesy of a 13-5 spurt to begin
the half, highlighted by Quinton Ross’ three-point play. Los Angeles held a
94-71 advantage heading into the final frame.
The Wizards reeled off an 11-6 burst, showcased by Antonio Daniels three-point
play, to narrow the gap to 100-82 with 8:16 to play.
Kaman’s free throws made the score 107-89 with almost three minutes remaining,
but Washington went on a 10-2 run, including a pair of Billy Thomas threes, to
cut the deficit to 109-99 with 1:34 on the clock. However, that was as close
as the Wizards would get.
Los Angeles shot 51.3 percent from the field, while Washington connected on
41.1 percent of its shots…The Wizards have won eight of the last 11 meetings
at the Staples Center…This is the Clippers first 40-win season (40-28) since
1992-93…Washington is in the midst of six-game road trip and will play
Golden State on Monday…Los Angeles will play at Portland on Sunday…The
Clippers are 24-10 at home, while the Wizards are 11-20 on the road.