NBA Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, January 5th)
Final Score: Washington 104, Philadelphia 97
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison scored 24 of his game-high 32 points in the second half, carrying Washington to a 104-97 comeback win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Gilbert Arenas put aside the distraction of his highly-publicized gun-carrying issue to post 19 points and 14 assists for the Wizards, who snapped a four- game slide by shooting 61 percent from the field in the final 24 minutes.
Jamison also pulled down 14 rebounds, while Nick Young added 21 points off the bench for the victors.
Samuel Dalembert posted season-highs of 20 points and 20 rebounds, while Andre Iguodala finished with 20 points, eight assists and six boards for the Sixers, who were coming off a 3-3 road trip. Lou Williams scored 19 points in defeat.
Washington outscored the Sixers 60-39 in the second half. Philadelphia also helped out the Wizards by having 20 turnovers, leading to 29 Washington points. Allen Iverson had seven of those turnovers for the Sixers.
The Sixers held a 58-44 lead at halftime, and Iguodala's three-point play 90 seconds into the third made it a seemingly comfortable 64-46 game.
The difference was 72-56 in favor of the hosts before Jamison bookended a 13-0 run with a jumper and three-point play to pull within three.
Jamison capped his 16-point third quarter with a three-ball, cutting the Wizards' deficit to 80-78.
Dalembert's dunk gave the Sixers a 90-86 lead around the midway point of the fourth, but Young scored eight points in less than a minute, with his pull-up jumper yielding a 94-90 lead with 4:12 remaining.
Jamison finished the 10-0 run on a jumper, and after Williams hit a bank shot, Jamison and Caron Butler hit back-to-back baskets that gave the visitors a 100-92 lead they never relinquished.
"We had a great stretch," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. "What we hadn't be able to do lately we did, execute plays and score down the stretch."
Willie Green's three-pointer gave Philadelphia a 26-23 lead going into the second. The margin moved to double digits, 40-30, on a Green jumper less than five minutes into the second stanza, and the Sixers played front-runner until a complete collapse in the second half.
"Not good basketball. We had every opportunity in the world to win the basketball game. We just gave it away," Iverson said. "A late Christmas present to them."
Washington swept the season series...Iverson, whose contract the Sixers guaranteed for the rest of the season on Tuesday, logged four points and five assists for Philly, which shot 35.9 percent in the second half...Andray Blatche scored 12 points for Washington, which was outrebounded 42-32...Elton Brand scored nine points, but shot 3-for-8 from the foul line for the Sixers.
01/06 01:57:55 ET