Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Wednesday, November 9th
Clippers102Final
Wizards97
Game 2: Saturday, March 25th
Wizards101Final
Clippers116

Clippers 102

(4-1, 2-1 away)

Wizards 97

(3-1, 1-1 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    7:00 PM ET, November 9, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 28 26 19 29102
    WSH 25 29 20 2397

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: E. Brand 31 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Washington: C. Butler 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Brand scores 31, pulls down 13 boards in Clippers win

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Elton Brand's latest double-double ended Washington's unbeaten start.

    Brand scored 31 points on 14 of 18 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers handed the Wizards their first loss of the season with a 102-97 victory Wednesday night.

    Brand's double-double was the 181st of his career, tying him with Loy Vaught for the Clippers' franchise record.

    "They've got some big, talented guys who love to bang, so I was having to fight for every shot," Brand said. "I was hitting them, but I had to fight for every one.

    "Coach was calling my number. If he keeps calling those plays, I'm going to keep putting them up, for sure."

    Corey Maggette finished with 20 points, six rebounds and three assists. Cuttino Mobley made the go-ahead basket and added 15 points and six assists for the Clippers.

    The talk in the Clippers' locker room, however, was about Brand.

    "You know what his game was tonight, it was spectacular," Maggette said. "He did everything tonight. That's what great players do.

    "I know it's only our fourth game in, but I think this is an opportunity this year for him to make the All-Star team again cleanly without all the dilly-dally. We just need to keep this up and play together as a team."

    Forward Antawn Jamison blamed the Wizards' lack of defensive intensity for the loss, but he wasn't taking anything away from Brand's effort.

    "We didn't play smart and we didn't defend at all," Jamison said. "Those are the things that we did the first three nights and it's hard to explain why all of a sudden it happened tonight.

    "Elton was feeling it. That's why he's one of the best forwards in the league. In my mind, he's a three- or four-time All-Star. He was the major reason why they won tonight. He did it on the offensive end and the defensive end, and he did it unselfishly, too. He just took his time and picked us apart."

    Reserve Caron Butler, who missed the previous two games with a bruised left thigh, led the Wizards with 19 points.

    "It was tough not being out there with my guys on Saturday, so it felt great to be out there with them tonight," Butler said. "Unfortunately, this one didn't end the way we wanted it to, so I can't say that my debut here was a success."

    Gilbert Arenas added 18 points and 10 assists for the Wizards.

    "We lost, so I think we need to keep the score in the 80s next time," Arenas said of the Wizards, who allowed a league-low 83.3 points in their first three games. "We just didn't make the plays down there in the end that we did in the last three games."

    Mobley's follow shot gave the Clippers a 98-97 lead with 39 seconds remaining.

    "Sam Cassell and I came here to help this team out," Mobley said. "We are here to help the maturity level. When there are four minutes left in a game, we close games out."

    After Washington's Chucky Atkins missed a shot from the corner, Maggette, making his season debut, made two free throws that gave the Clippers a 100-97 lead with 23 seconds to go.

    "Corey did not miss a beat," Brand said. "He got out there and hit his jump shots. If he was winded, we could not tell. It was as if he had been there for all the previous games."

    The Wizards had another chance to tie, but Arenas was called for a double-dribble with 16 seconds left. Maggette's slam with 11 seconds left punctuated the Clippers' victory and marked the first time in four games the Wizards have allowed more than 100 points.

    Butler's three-point play over Chris Wilcox gave the Wizards a 91-89 lead with 4:08 remaining. Mobley responded with back-to-back baskets that gave the Clippers a 94-91 lead with 3:14 left.

    Brand scored nine straight points to keep the Clippers close late in the third quarter.

    Jarvis Hayes and Arenas made back-to-back 3-pointers and Jared Jeffries added a layup that gave the Wizards a 65-62 lead with 7:01 left in the third. That was Washington's largest lead of the first three quarters.

    The Clippers led by as many as seven points in the first half, during which the Wizards' largest lead was two.

    Game notes


    Entering Wednesday's game, nine Wizards were averaging at least 18 minutes. ... Clippers guard Shaun Livingston missed the game with a lower back injury ... The Wizards' home game Friday against Sacramento has been moved from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ... Wizards owners Abe and Irene Pollin are in their 42nd year at the franchise's helm, making them the longest-tenured owners in the NBA.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    WSH
    Points 102 97
    FGM-FGA 41-82 (.500) 35-94 (.372)
    3PM-3PA 2-5 (.400) 4-17 (.235)
    FTM-FTA 18-21 (.857) 23-29 (.793)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-45 18-45
    Assists 26 20
    Turnovers 13 9
    Steals 2 5
    Blocks 5 3
    Fast Break Points 15 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 4

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Washington
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 31
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Caron Butler Butler
    Points: 19
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1