- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 12, 2005

Last night at MCI Center:

KEY NUMBER

40-11 Clippers’ advantage in bench scoring.

KEY TO THE GAME

Antawn Jamison’s 3-pointer late in the game provided enough of a buffer to preserve the win.

SEEN AND HEARD

Former Wizard Bobby Simmons never averaged more than 3.7 points when he was with the club (2001 to 2003). However, in his second season with the Clippers, he’s making a case for the NBA’s Most Improved Award. Simmons is starting for the Clippers and averaging 16.3 points and 6.4 rebounds. Simmons was a favorite of Michael Jordan’s.

“It feels good,” Simmons said. “It’s been a long time coming as far as being where I am and starting.”

Simmons will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and there is certain to be some interest. The Clippers have developed a reputation of never keeping players once they become valuable — and demand more money. But Simmons, who visited with old mates in the Wizards’ locker room before the game, said he never stopped believing he belonged in the NBA.

“I think it was mental toughness,” he said of his survival. “That and never giving up. I just want to succeed in life. I’ll tell that to anybody in a position like mine where you’re the underdog.”

John N. Mitchell


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