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
"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
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
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.