NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Washington
(Saturday, January 31st)
Final Score: Washington 106, LA Clippers 94
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler both recorded double-doubles to lead the Washington Wizards in a 106-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Verizon Center.
Jamison finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds while Butler had 16 and 13, respectively, for the Wizards, who saw their five-game losing streak come to a halt. Nick Young added 22 points and JaVale McGee gave 18 and nine boards.
Eric Gordon tallied 25 points for the Clippers, who have let five straight games slip away. Steve Novak recorded 17 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting and Baron Davis also ended with 17 points.
"We got to find a way to get wins, period," said Gordon. "We're in a slump, we just need to pick it up."
The Wizards were up 26-22 after the first quarter and sitting on a 58-47 cushion at the break.
A 10-3 LA run late in the third period cut it to 69-64. Gordon's three- pointer sparked the run and Al Thornton's three-point play and Brian Skinner's hook shot closed it out with just under five minutes left in the frame.
Washington led 81-75 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Seven quick points to open the fourth inflated the Wizards' advantage to 88-75. Young sparked the run with a jumper, McGee added a three-point play and Butler's dunk closed it out with a shade over nine minutes left.
The teams traded baskets and Novak's three-pointer cut it to 100-92 with 78 seconds left in the game.
The visitors failed to get closer than eight points down the stretch.
"We felt like if we didn't beat them, then how are we going to beat the teams that have more than double-digit wins," said McGee. "So we felt we had to beat the team that's almost the exact same as us."
Butler also had a game-high seven assists...Skinner had 14 points and 10 boards...The Clippers fell to 0-2 on a season-long, seven-game road swing...LA has two wins in its last 21 games, and hasn't won back-to-back contests since a three-game streak from December 12-16...LA, which is a miserable 5-17 on the road, will also travel to Miami, Orlando, Memphis, Atlanta and Charlotte on its trek...The Wizards embarked on a five-game homestand Saturday and will also host Memphis, New Jersey, Denver and Indiana on its residency...The Wizards remain firmly entrenched in the Southeast Division's cellar with a 10-37 overall mark and are 7-16 at home this year...The Wizards have won seven of their last eight at home against the Clippers.
02/01 00:09:05 ET