Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/6

Game 1: Friday, February 6th
Clippers100Final
Wizards112
Game 2: Thursday, March 25th
Wizards103Final
Clippers94

Clippers 100

(22-26, 7-15 away)

Wizards 112

(15-33, 11-14 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 6, 2004

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 24 27 29 20100
    WSH 35 29 19 29112

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: Q. Richardson 24 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Washington: J. Stackhouse 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 5 Stl

    Stackhouse adds 23 in win

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- When it appeared a tremendous start merely set them up for another late letdown, the Washington Wizards refused to wilt.

    Gilbert Arenas scored 25 points, Jerry Stackhouse added 23 and the Washington Wizards scored 25 of the game's first 28 to end the Los Angeles Clippers' three-game road winning streak with a 112-100 victory Friday night.

    Kwame Brown added 22 points and Larry Hughes had 21 points and 12 rebounds.

    Arenas said it wasn't difficult to pinpoint a reason for the victory. The Wizards had four players with 20 or more points and all five starters reached double figures.

    "Jerry started on fire," Arenas said. "We tried to get him the ball and everything opened up for everyone else."

    Los Angeles, bidding for its first four-game road winning streak since March 1982, got 24 points from Quentin Richardson and 22 from Corey Maggette. The Clippers are 3-2 on a nine-game road trip -- the longest in the NBA this season.

    "You start off like that on the road it's going to be hard for you to win a game," Richardson said.

    After taking a 25-3 lead, Washington allowed Los Angeles to chip away at the lead until Marko Jaric's 3-pointer from the right side capped a 23-8 burst and tied the game at 78 with 2:46 left in the third quarter.

    "It's a game of runs," Stackhouse said. "A team like that that's averaging 90-some points per game is going to find points somewhere."

    Richardson said the Clippers had only themselves to blame after not heeding coach Mike Dunleavy's pre-game advice.

    "A couple bad plays and it kept going," Richardson explained. "It was a combination of them and us. They're a steals team. Coach told us before the game they're one of the top teams in the league in steals. We can't afford to make lazy passes on the wings, and that's exactly what we did at the start of the game."

    The Wizards regained the lead on a 10-foot jumper by Hughes 18 seconds after Jaric's tying 3, starting a decisive 12-5 run.

    Stackhouse, playing his third game after missing the Wizards' first 45, started out by making a 3 from the left side. He scored 11 of the Washington's first 25 points, while Los Angeles started 1-for-11 from the field.

    "Our defensive pressure was awesome," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "We just put our mark on the game right away with our defensive pressure, denials, steals."

    By the time Richardson converted a three-point play for the Clippers, Washington already had a 10-0 lead. The Wizards hit their first seven shots from the field and the advantage reached 25-3 on a 3-pointer by Arenas from the right wing.

    Washington tied a season high with 35 first-quarter points and had its most productive first half en route to a 64-51 lead at the break.

    Game notes


    Clippers F Matt Barnes, who had played in 10 games since being signed Jan. 18, made his first start of the season as a late replacement for Eddie House. ... The last time the Wizards placed five starters in double figures was March 11, 2003, against Orlando. ... The Clippers are 28-65 all-time against Washington. ... The Wizards finished a seven-game homestand 3-4.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    WSH
    Points 100 112
    FGM-FGA 32-85 (.376) 39-75 (.520)
    3PM-3PA 6-15 (.400) 4-8 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 30-33 (.909) 30-38 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 26-49 14-39
    Assists 16 18
    Turnovers 23 14
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 6 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 28 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Washington
    Quentin Richardson Richardson
    Points: 24
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jerry Stackhouse Stackhouse
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0