NBA Game Summary - Portland at Washington
(Monday, January 18th)
Final Score: Washington 97, Portland 92
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison had 21 of his 28 points come in the second half, leading the Washington Wizards to a 97-92 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Randy Foye scored 19 points and dished five assists, while Caron Butler registered 18 points and nine rebounds for Washington, which has won the first two games of a six-game residency on the heels of a four-game skid.
Mike Miller went for 13 points off the bench on 4-for-4 shooting. Washington shot 51.5 percent from the floor overall and sank 25-of-28 at the line.
Andre Miller and LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points apiece for the Trail Blazers, who just completed a 3-2 homestand and kicked off a four-game eastern road trip on Monday.
Aldridge added a game-best 15 rebounds and Martell Webster notched 18 points in the loss. Portland was without leading scorer Brandon Roy, who missed his second straight game because of a strained right hamstring.
Portland had a three-point lead entering the fourth quarter and the game remained tight right down to the end with the lead separated by only a possession.
Webster broke a tie game at 85 with a three-pointer near the four-minute mark but Foye hit a driving layup on the other end for a one-point game. The lead then swung Washington's way as Jamison added a free throw and Mike Miller knocked down a shot for a 90-88 Wizards lead with 2:47 left.
"I though we did a good job of putting ourselves in a position to win, we just need to get more stops. They scored down the stretch and when they wanted to get a basket they did," said Aldridge.
Butler's jumper from deep on the left side provided the final quarter's first two-possession advantage, 92-88, with 1:09 on the clock.
Jerryd Bayless drew a pair of fouls and made 3-of-4 at the line around a Butler layup for Washington, leaving Portland down 94-91 with 23.6 seconds left.
Foye then drew a foul on Andre Miller, his sixth, and hit both for a five- point game with 18.9 ticks remaining. Webster added a free throw to get within four but Rudy Fernandez hit the front of the rim with a three and Steve Blake turned it over after Portland secured the offensive board -- all but locking up a Wizards win.
"The last couple games, things have been going our way. Guys are playing with confidence that last four or five minutes of basketball games," Jamison said. "The most important part of these last couple games is that we're getting the stops that we need in order to win."
Washington took a 24-21 lead on Mike Miller's three-pointer to close out the opening 12 minutes and retained a slim advantage throughout the second for a 43-38 margin at the half.
Jamison scored Washington's first nine points of the second half, and Butler drained a long deuce four minutes in for a 54-44 difference.
Webster hit a three with 5:15 remaining to cut the Portland deficit to three, but Butler and Jamison came back with back-to-back baskets to keep the Wizards in front.
The teams continued to trade shots over the next several minutes until Andre Miller sparked a 9-0 Blazers run to yield a 70-68 lead with under a minute left. Miller scored 10 straight Portland points in all over a two-plus minute stretch and the visitors held a 73-70 advantage entering the final period.
The Trail Blazers will also visit the 76ers, Celtics and Pistons on the road swing and sport a 9-10 mark away from home this season...The Wizards will also play host to the Mavs, Heat, Clippers and Lakers, and are 8-11 at the Verizon Center this season...Blake had 10 points for the Blazers, who shot 45.1 percent from the field...It was the Wizards' first win against Portland since November, 17, 2007...Portland has still won 15 of the past 22 games in this series.
01/18 19:13:16 ET