NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Washington
(Wednesday, November 9th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 102, Washington 97
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Elton Brand scored 31 points, 19 coming in the second half, and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers handed the Washington Wizards their first loss of the season, 102-97, at the MCI Center.
Free-agent acquisition Cuttino Mobley added 15 points and dished out six assists, while Corey Maggette tallied 20 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which is off to a 4-1 start.
The Clippers shot 50 percent from the floor and reached 100 points, both firsts against the Wizards this season. Brand shot 14-of-18 from the field and now has 181 double-doubles, which ties Loy Vaught's franchise record.
Washington came into the game giving up a league-best 83.3 points per game and holding its opponents to a .348 shooting percentage.
Caron Butler scored 19 points off the bench, leading six Wizards in double figures. Gilbert Arenas added 18 points and 10 assists, and Brendan Haywood contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who had won their first three games of the season.
The Wizards also got 16 points from Jarvis Hayes and 14 points from Etan Thomas, who had scored two points all season.
The Wizards only shot 37 percent from the floor, but collected 18 offensive rebounds to give them many second-chance opportunities.
Neither team led by more than seven points, and there were 12 ties and 17 lead changes in a back and forth game.
Each team saved itself for the stretch run early in the fourth quarter, playing conservative and resting key players. After a Mobley jumper and Maggette free throw gave the Clippers a 94-91 lead, Hayes hit a jumper from the right wing to cut the lead to one with 1:51 left.
Then, a team that has thrived on defense early this season got another huge defensive play. Butler stole a pass in the open floor and raced to the rim, laying it in to give the Wizards a 95-94 lead with 1:31 left.
After corner jumpers by Maggette and Butler, Haywood's block of a Maggette layup was picked up by Mobley, who laid it in to give the Clippers a one-point lead, 98-97, with 36 seconds remaining.
Down one with possession, the Wizards top two options, Arenas and Jamison, never touched the ball.
Instead, the inbounds pass went directly to Chucky Atkins, who missed a three- pointer. Atkins was 0-of-4 from beyond the arc on the night and is now 1-of-13 for the season.
Los Angeles made two foul shots and Maggette added a dunk to ice the game.
The Clippers led after one quarter, 28-25, behind six early points from Quinton Ross. Los Angeles controlled the pace, scoring nine fast-break points in the period, while Haywood scored six of the Wizards' 16 points in the paint for the quarter.
The game was tied, 54-54, at the half, as the Wizards battled back from a seven-point deficit midway through the quarter. Each team took advantage from the foul line, with the Clippers shooting 9-of-10 and Wizards 12-of-12.
Washington scored over half of its points, 28, in the paint. Jamison, Haywood, and Thomas totaled 29 points.
Duke products Brand and Maggette combined for 22 points, and Brand grabbed six rebounds in the half.
Trailing 62-57 almost midway through the third, the Wizards went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. A Hayes three-pointer cut the lead to 62-60, then Arenas' three-pointer gave Washington a 63-62 lead with 7:24 left. Finally, Jared Jeffries' gliding lay-in ended the spurt, and forced Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy to use a time out, as the MCI Center crowd rose to its feet.
The Wizards led 73-72 after three quarters behind stellar free-throw shooting and balanced scoring. The Clippers held their own in the period behind Brand, who scored 15 of the team's 19 points in the frame.
The Clippers' lone loss came without Maggette, who was battling a strained left hamstring...The Clippers still have stops in Atlanta and Philadelphia left on their four-game road trip...The Wizards have won seven of the last 10 meetings with Los Angeles...The Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak in the nation's capital...The Wizards had not allowed an opponent to shoot over 40 percent this season...Hayes left the game late in the fourth quarter after he was elbowed in the head...Clippers guard Shaun Livingston missed the game with a back injury.
11/09 22:34:53 ET