NBA Game Summary - Washington at New Jersey
(Saturday, November 20th)
Final Score: Washington 97, New Jersey 86
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison scored 27 points to lead Washington to a 97-86 win over New Jersey at Continental Airlines Arena.
Larry Hughes contributed 22 points for the Wizards, who snapped an eight-game losing streak in New Jersey and notched their second straight victory overall.
Richard Jefferson finished with 22 points for the Nets, who have lost five straight overall and four straight at home for the first time since 2001 -- when they suffered five consecutive losses in East Rutherford. Eric Williams posted 16 points and six rebounds, and Alonzo Mourning chipped in 14 points and seven boards in the loss.
Down 69-67, Washington rallied early in the fourth quarter. Two foul shots by Juan Dixon put the Wizards ahead 76-73, but Travis Best answered with a pair from the line to get New Jersey within 76-75. After a Gilbert Arenas free throw, Jamison's jumper made it 79-75 with 7:11 to go.
After a basket by Mourning pulled New Jersey within 79-77, the Wizards scored eight of the next 10 points to take command. Hughes scored the final six, capped by a layup off a steal with 4:51 to go, that put them ahead 87-79.
New Jersey cut its deficit to 88-83 on a short jumper by Mourning with 2:38 to go, but got no closer.
"With our offense we are going sneak up on a lot of people," Jamison said. "We can score points without even thinking about it."
Neither team led by more than four points early on. A three-point play by Jarvis Hayes with 52 seconds remaining in the first quarter put the Wizards ahead 25-23 at the end of the first.
Washington opened the second quarter with a 14-3 run. A basket by Dixon less than four minutes in opened a 39-26 advantage.
New Jersey got within 43-34 on a dunk by Mourning, but the Wizards quickly opened a 50-36 edge on a three-pointer by Hughes with 2:59 to play in the second.
Jamison's basket, just over three minutes into the third quarter, put Washington ahead 56-47.
However, the Nets ended the third strong, leading 69-67. Aaron Williams scored seven points to spark their 22-11 burst at the end of the quarter.
Hayes registered 14 points off the bench for the Wizards, who improved to 3-2 on the road this season...Zoran Planinic scored 14 points for the Nets, who lost for the second time in 12 meetings in the series and fell to 1-6 at home this season...Jason Collins pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for Washington, which last won at New Jersey on November 30, 1999...Wizards guard Steve Blake, who was activated from the injured list, played three minutes, but did not score.
11/20 23:52:29 ET