NBA Game Summary - Washington at New Jersey
(Friday, February 20th)
Final Score: Washington 107, New Jersey 96
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, as the Washington Wizards downed the New Jersey Nets, 107-96, at the IZOD Center.
Mike James had 19 points and Dominic McGuire added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards, who have won two in a row. It's the team's first two-game win streak since December 27-29, when Washington beat Oklahoma City and Houston in back-to-back games.
Caron Butler scored 19 and brought down nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have not won three in a row at any point this season.
"I thought we did a good job of getting the ball to the rim and being able to finish at the rim," said Wizards coach Ed Tapscott. "That allows jump shots to be a little more open."
Devin Harris had 26 points, 10 assists and four rebounds for New Jersey, which has lost five in a row. Vince Carter and Brook Lopez had 17 and 16 points, respectively, in the loss.
"It was up and down all night, but they did a good job of keeping us out of the paint, forced us to take jump shots," said Harris. "We made the right plays, but they just weren't going. At the other end we couldn't get a rebound to save our life."
Washington took a 20-18 edge after one quarter, and stretched its lead to 43-32 with a little more than three minutes left. But the Nets ended the half with a 10-2 run, during which Lopez had eight points, to get within 45-42 at the break.
A Harris jumper three minutes into the third quarter put the Nets ahead by a 52-49 score, but New Jersey went cold for the next 5 1/2 minutes. Washington took advantage with a 21-7 run, which Andray Blatche ended with a free throw to boost his team's lead to 70-59 with 3 1/2 minutes to play.
A Butler basket just before the third quarter ended gave the Wizards an 80-65 lead and prime position down the stretch.
The Nets made a run in the final stanza, using a 13-1 burst to get within 85-80 just before the midway point of the quarter. But Washington responded with a 9-1 surge -- James made back-to-back layups to put the Wizards up 94-81, and they held on for the final 3 1/2 minutes for the win.
Carter had seven assists and Lopez brought down eight boards for the Nets, who shot 37.9 percent overall and just 7-of-29 from three-point range...The Wizards made 47.1 percent of their shots, but only 2-of-10 from beyond the arc.
02/21 03:23:24 ET