NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Washington
(Tuesday, February 17th)
Final Score: Washington 111, Minnesota 103
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds, as the Washington Wizards survived a furious comeback from Minnesota to down the Timberwolves, 111-103, at the Verizon Center.
Mike James added 15 points for the Wizards, which included a pair of key three-pointers inside the final 1 1/2 minutes. Washington blew a 19-point lead it had in the second quarter, but managed to snap a two-game losing streak in its first game after the All-Star weekend. The victory is the Wizards' third in their past 13 contests.
Caron Butler appeared to suffer a hip injury in the final minute after crashing to the floor, but had 17 points and six assists for Washington, which had six players reach double-figure scoring.
"The guys came out with a lot of energy and played good basketball," Butler said. "And that's the goal; to play .500 basketball throughout the rest of the 28 games."
Randy Foye had 23 points to pace Minnesota, which has lost five in a row. Kevin Love added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, while Mike Miller ended with 18 points, eight boards and six assists.
"We got down way too many, and tried to come back, just didn't," Timberwolves head coach Kevin McHale said. "You get down, I think we were 19, in the first half; that's just a lot of points to come back on the road. We came back and I thought gave [ourselves] a chance. That's what I talked about. We talked about giving ourselves chances; you've got to put yourself in a position to win games."
In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, Minnesota took a 98-95 lead with just under three minutes left after a pair of Love free throws.
But Javaris Crittenton sank a short shot to get the Wizards within one, and after Foye missed a jumper on the other end, James drilled a three-pointer from the right side with 1 1/2 minutes left to give Washington a 100-98 lead.
Sebastian Telfair put Minnesota back in front with a three of his own, but Crittenton sank a jumper with just under a minute to go. Then, after a Telfair miss, James made another three, this time from the left corner. It came with 28.4 ticks left for a 105-101 lead, and the Wizards made 6-of-6 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
The Wizards went on a 10-2 run at the end of the first quarter to build a 27-16 lead.
Five consecutive points in the middle of the second quarter expanded Washington's advantage to 18, as Jamison's two free throws with about 6 1/2 minutes left made it a 40-22 game. A few minutes later, Nick Young made a free throw to set the Wizards' lead at 47-28, and it looked like they'd cruise into halftime with a big lead.
But the Timberwolves responded after Young's free throw with a 14-0 run, to get within 47-42 with half a minute to play.
Washington had the final four points to take a 51-42 advantage into the break, but Minnesota continued its comeback with a 10-2 run to start the third quarter. Ryan Gomes capped it with a three-pointer a little over 2 1/2 minutes in, trimming the T-Wolves' deficit to 53-52.
A Gomes jumper shortly thereafter put Minnesota on top 58-57, and it was back- and-forth for the remainder of the third. The teams were tied at 76 entering the fourth, and they traded baskets down the stretch.
Andray Blatche had 14 points for Washington, while Darius Songaila added 12 and Crittenton scored 11. Dominic McGuire grabbed 10 boards to go with eight points for the Wizards...Gomes had 15 points for the T-Wolves, while Telfair scored 11...Washington shot 51.3 percent from the floor, but turned the ball over 18 times...Minnesota made 40.7 percent of its shots.
02/17 23:14:04 ET