NBA Game Summary - Washington at Sacramento
(Friday, March 28th)
Final Score: Washington 114, Sacramento 108
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison recorded 25 points and 12 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards came back from a 16-point second-half deficit to post a 114-108 win over the Sacramento Kings.
DeShawn Stevenson scored 20 points for the Wizards, who have won five of six and hold a one-game lead over Toronto for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Caron Butler added 18 points, seven assists and six boards, while Darius Songaila scored 17.
"Our guys understand that 48 minutes is pure gold," said Wizards coach Eddie Jordan. "That means every minute counts for us. We play every minute with veteran leadership."
Ron Artest scored 28 to lead the Kings, losers of four of five. Kevin Martin contributed 25 points, while Francisco Garcia finished with 16 points and seven boards.
Washington reeled in a 16-point deficit throughout the third quarter, and Butler's dunk with 1:55 left in the third tied the game at 79. Songaila followed with a three-point play to give the Wizards an 82-79 lead after three stanzas.
Roger Mason scored five straight points to open the fourth quarter, giving the Wizards an 87-79 cushion. After a pair of Artest free throws, Jamison drained a three and Mason followed with a jumper to finish off a 17-2 run and put Washington ahead 92-81 with 9:41 to play.
Sacramento responded with six straight points, setting off a 13-4 run to close within 96-94 on a pair of John Salmons free throws halfway through the frame.
Five straight Washington points expanded the lead to seven, and after Garcia countered with a three, Stevenson countered with a shot of his own from beyond the arc to give the Wizards a 104-97 lead with 4:12 on the clock.
Stevenson's layup pushed the lead to nine, but Martin hit a free throw and Garcia drove the length of the court for a basket to pull Sacramento within five, 106-101, with 2:20 left. After a defensive stop, Artest made a pair of free throws and the Kings trailed 106-103 with 1:20 to play.
Butler found Songaila on a backdoor cut to push the lead back to five, but Artest answered with a long jumper to bring Sacramento within 108-105 with 51.4 seconds left. Songaila countered with another jumper, pushing the lead back to five.
"Caron did a great job finding me all night for easy buckets," Songaila said.
After a timeout, Artest and Martin each misfired on a three, and Songaila put the game out of reach with a pair at the free throw line.
Martin scored nine points in the first quarter to lead Sacramento to a 31-27 lead after 12 minutes, and the Kings stayed in control in the second,
After trading baskets to start the second half, the Kings got six straight points to take a 66-50 lead less than three minutes into the third. Washington responded with an 8-2 run to pull back within 10, then chipped away at the lead for the rest of the quarter.
"From a team standpoint that was a selfish half of basketball in the second half," Martin said. "In the first half everyone was moving around, touching the ball and in the second half a lot of people were just standing around."
Sacramento rookie Spencer Hawes left the game with a sprained left ankle early in the second quarter and did not return...Kings forward Mikki Moore was ejected after a pair of technical fouls with 7:27 left in the third...The Wizards shot 46.1 percent from the field, while the Kings made 48.6 of their shots...Washington is 2-1 on their current, five-game road trip which concludes with visits to the Lakers and Jazz.
03/29 01:39:44 ET