Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/20

Game 1: Saturday, November 20th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 1st
Game 3: Tuesday, January 4th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 19th

Wizards 97

(5-4, 3-2 away)

Nets 86

(2-7, 1-6 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 20, 2004

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 25 27 15 3097
    NJ 23 20 26 1786

    Top Performers

    Washington: A. Jamison 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    New Jersey: E. Williams 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Washington snaps five-year Garden State losing streak

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- It took Larry Hughes only 15 seconds to end the Washington Wizards' five-year victory drought in New Jersey.

    Hughes hit a 3-pointer and then made a steal and a layup on consecutive fourth-quarter plays to lead the Wizards a 97-86 victory over the woeful Nets on Saturday night.

    Hughes scored 10 of his 22 points in the final quarter, including seven straight with the game on the line, to give Washington its first win in the Garden State since 1999.

    "It's not about how many points I score, it's what I contribute at both ends at the right time," said Hughes, who pushed his NBA-leading steal total to 29 with five against the Nets. "If the team needs something, I'm able to step in and do it big and make a big impact at a certain time to give us an edge."

    New Jersey, which led by two points starting the final quarter, got within 81-79 when Richard Jefferson dunked with 6:03 to play.

    Hughes then took over. After hitting 1-of-2 free throws, he nailed a 3-pointer with 5:08 to play after Jefferson missed two shots underneath.

    Hughes then stole a pass from Travis Best to Jefferson for a layup and an 87-79 lead with 4:53 to go. After a jumper by Best, Hughes hit 1-of-2 free throws for his seventh straight point for Washington.

    "That was the game," Jefferson said. "We have trouble enough scoring points and when you miss point-blank shots, it's tough."

    The Nets, who had 19 total turnovers, never got closer than five points thereafter.

    Antawn Jamison added 27 points for Washington, which had lost its last eight games in New Jersey.

    Jarvis Hayes had seven of his 14 points in the fourth quarter as the Wizards snapped a four-game overall losing streak against New Jersey. The win was also the first for former Nets assistant and current Wizards coach Eddie Jordan against his old team.

    "Larry was big again, and Antawn has been the leader for us whether he's scoring points or he's defending," Jordan said.

    Jefferson had 22 points to lead New Jersey, which lost its fifth straight game. Eric Williams added 16 points and Alonzo Mourning and Zoran Planinic 14 apiece for the dismantled Nets -- now 1-6 at home.

    "I am tired of losing," Mourning said.

    New Jersey, which trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, used a 15-4 run at the end of the third quarter to take a 69-67 lead.

    It marked only the second time this season that the Nets held the lead entering the final period.

    Mourning started the run with a drive down the lane. Jefferson hit a turnaround jumper and a 3-pointer, and Williams and Travis Best added four points apiece.

    The Wizards used a 19-3 spurt bridging the first and second quarters to take a 39-26 lead. Hayes had seven points, Anthony Peeler five and Jamison four.

    The last Washington win at the Continental Airlines Arena had been on Nov. 11, 1999.

    Game notes

    Wizards backup forward Samaki Walker missed the game with a lower back strain. ... Washington activated guard Steve Blake on Saturday and put guard Laron Profit on the injured list with a knee problem. ... Washington guard Gilbert Arenas had seven points playing with foul problems. ... Mourning got a technical in the second quarter for arguing a foul call. ...The Nets' 86 points were the fewest allowed by Washington this season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 86
    FGM-FGA 31-71 (.437) 31-70 (.443)
    3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 2-7 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 29-37 (.784) 22-28 (.786)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-34 11-37
    Assists 15 15
    Turnovers 10 19
    Steals 10 6
    Blocks 3 8
    Fast Break Points 4 0
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 25 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 27
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Eric Williams Williams
    Points: 16
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0