Clippers hold off Wizards
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Corey Maggette scored a season-high 29
points, and the Los Angeles Clippers withstood a late rally to top the
Washington Wizards, 111-105.
Elton Brand finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Chris Kaman had 17
points and nine boards for the Clippers, who have won four straight. Tim
Thomas scored 13, and Cuttino Mobley had 12 points and eight boards for LA,
which holds one-game lead over Golden State for the eighth and final playoff
spot in the Western Conference.
“Defensively we were pretty strong,” said Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy.
“Our guys are getting their confidence back and moving the ball much better.”
Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points and tallied eight assists for the Wizards, who
have lost two straight, but maintain a one-half game lead over Miami for first
place in the Southeast Division. Antawn Jamison had 23 points and 10 rebounds
for Washington, but limped off with 10 seconds left with an apparent knee
Arenas capped an 11-3 run with a jumper that pulled the Wizards to within
87-85 with 5:16 remaining, but Kaman converted a three-point play on the next
possession, and made two free throws to push the lead back to 95-87 with 3:01
The Wizards cut back into the lead, though, with an Arenas layup bringing
Washington to within 105-103 with 26.6 seconds left. Maggette hit two free
throws with 24.7 left to push the lead back to 107-103, and after a missed
three by Arenas, Thomas made two more free throws with 10 ticks left to ice
LA opened the second half with a 12-4 run, taking a 59-52 lead on a Mobley
jumper with 7:50 left in the third quarter. Brand hit a jumper in the final
seconds of the quarter, and the Clips took a 79-70 lead into the final 12
“We’re feeling good about ourselves and gaining confidence,” said Brand.
“Washington is a good team in the East, so this was big for us.”
Maggette scored 10 points in the first quarter, but it was two Etan Thomas
dunks in the last two minutes that kept the Wizards on top, 25-21, heading
into the second quarter.
Washington led, 48-47, at the break.
Washington’s Andray Blatche left in the third quarter with a sprained knee,
and did not return…Washington made 5-of-23 three-pointers, with Arenas and
Jamison shooting a combined 2-of-15.