Antawn Jamison had 33 points and nine rebounds and the Washington Wizards held off the Sacramento Kings for a 110-107 victory on Wednesday night.
Trailing by 19 points entering the fourth quarter, the Kings
showed some life.
Point guard Beno Udrih led the way, finding holes in the defense
on drives to the basket and hitting outside shots. Udrih's
3-pointer with 43 seconds left cut the lead to 104-102.
A 3-pointer by Francisco Garcia reduced the Wizards' lead to
108-107 with 3.9 seconds remaining.
The Kings fouled Andray Blatche, who responded with two free
throws and put the Wizards ahead by three points with 3.4 seconds
left. Garcia missed a corner jumper with one second left to end the
Udrih had 16 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter when the
Kings outscored the Wizards 37-21.
John Salmons also scored 24 points for the Kings, who have
dropped three straight and four of five. Kevin Martin added 22
points and Garcia had 14.
Caron Butler scored 32 points and Blatche had 20 points for the
Wizards, who had lost seven of their eight previous games.
The Wizards entered the game as one of the NBA's lowest-scoring
teams while the Kings are second in points allowed.
Having failed to score 100 or more points in 11 of the past 12
games, the Wizards went over the 100-point mark on a Darius
Songaila basket with 5:04 left in the game.
After a strong first half, Butler was difficult to stop in the
third quarter. He and Jamison both scored 13 points as the lead
reached a high of 21 points and Washington took an 89-70 lead into
the fourth period.
The Kings have lost seven straight to the Wizards over the past
four years and are 0-16 against the Eastern Conference this season.
Averaging 29 points in the previous nine games, Martin had a
poor first half, missing 5-of-6 shots, scoring four points. Martin
got untracked in the third quarter when he made four 3-pointers and
scored 16 points, yet the Kings were still outscored 35-26.
Butler scored 15 points and both Jamison and Blatche had 12,
helping the Wizards maintain control throughout much of the first
half. Salmons scored 10 points for the Kings, who trailed 54-44 at