Wizards beat Thunder in matchup of NBA’s worst

WASHINGTON —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 night in a matchup of teams with the two worst records in the NBA.

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.

The Wizards needed more from Jamison because their leading scorer, Caron Butler, was sidelined with a sprained left ankle. The forward, who averages 21 points, injured the ankle in Thursday’s loss at Cleveland.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Jeff Green had 23 points.

With Jamison on the bench at the start of the fourth quarter, the Wizards went on a 12-0 run to counter the Thunder’s 10-0 run. When Juan Dixon hit on a runner with 7:56 to play, Washington took an 88-78 lead.

Without Butler, the Wizards started second-year man Nick Young. Young and fellow sophomore Dominic McGuire gave Washington some added energy. McGuire had a career-high 12 points in his third game as a starter. Dixon added 13 points, including seven straight to give the Wizards a 93-82 lead with 5 minutes to play.

Jamison, whose 29 points tied his season high, scored 10 straight for Washington late in the second quarter and early in the third to give the Wizards a 62-56 lead.

Durant’s breakaway dunk with 9.3 seconds left in the third quarter tied the score at 76-all. When the Washington native completed his dunk, he preened for the crowd, which included many friends and relatives.


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