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Los Angeles did go up 37-31 with just more than four minutes left in the first half, but Washington used a 13-2 run — which included Arenas scoring all five of his first-half points in the final 2:25 of the second quarter — to go back up 44-39 at the break.
It looked as if the Wizards had dodged a bullet by managing to avoid falling into a significant hole during the slump. And they came out after halftime and used a 20-8 run to build a 64-47 lead midway through the third quarter.
But not even that advantage was safe for the Wizards, who went cold yet again and missed six of their seven final shots of the third quarter, and also committed three turnovers. Meanwhile the Clippers came roaring back with a 20-5 charge that cut the lead to 69-67 heading into the fourth quarter.
The turnover woes continued in the fourth quarter as Washington coughed the ball up seven more times (11 of their 18 turnovers came in the second half) to additional aid the Clippers’ efforts.
The final turnover came when Boykins was trying to get the ball up the court to set up a teammate for either a game-tying or possibly game-winning shot. But instead, he lost the ball, and Washington was dealt it’s fifth straight loss.
“Turnovers, being impatient defensively. We got a good sense that they were about to quit, but anytime you give a team life and the crowd gets into it,” Jamison said, reflecting on the blown 17-point lead and resulting defeat. “Just turnovers, bad shots, not executing. Things that got us to that point and then we got away from that.”
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