Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 27, 2008
The NBA roundup …
WASHINGTON ó Antawn Jamison scored 29 points, Andray Blatche had 19 points and tied his career high with 15 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-95 on Saturday.
The Wizards broke an eight-game losing streak, their longest since 2001, with just their fifth win against 23 losses. Oklahoma City fell to 3-28.
The teams entered with a combined 7-50 record. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there had never been an NBA game matching teams who had played at least 25 games combining for worse records.
“I don’t care if it’s the best team in the league ó or the worst team,” Jamison said.”We’ve been in a lot of close games. It’s important just to get a win. We were missing an All-Star and it’s important that other guys step up.”
Hawks 129, Bulls 117
ATLANTA ó Joe Johnson scored a season-high 41 points, Josh Smith also set a season high with 24, and the Atlanta Hawks withstood Ben Gordon’s 3-point barrage to beat the Chicago Bulls 129-117 on Saturday night.
Johnson finished one point shy of his career high.
Magic 118, T’wolves 94
MINNEAPOLIS ó Hedo Turkoglu scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and the Magic slowly pulled away to beat the Timberwolves.
Rashad McCants scored 21 points for Minnesota.
Pistons 87, Bucks 76
MILWAUKEE ó Tayshaun Prince scored nine of his 19 points in the decisive third quarter and Allen Iverson added 18, lifting the Pistons to a victory over the Bucks.
Rasheed Wallace had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Rockets 120, Jazz 115, 2OT
HOUSTON ó Ron Artest scored 10 of his 28 points in the second overtime and the Houston Rockets recovered from blowing a 16-point lead in the second half to beat the Utah Jazz 120-115.