- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eric Gordon scored 15 of his 26 points in the third quarter, Baron Davis tied a career high with 20 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied to beat the Washington Wizards 123-108 on Wednesday night.

Steve Novak added 21 points for the Clippers, and Davis added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Antawn Jamison led Washington with 24 points and brought the Wizards within two with 6:01 remaining. But that’s the closest they would get as Gordon slammed an alley-oop dunk, and Davis hit a jumper with 2 seconds remaining.

The Clippers scored 37 points in the third quarter behind Gordon, Chris Kaman and Novak. Los Angeles erased an eight-point halftime deficit by hitting seven 3-pointers in 10 tries in the quarter. Gordon had four 3s, Kaman added eight points in the quarter, and Novak, who was 7-for-11 overall, had six points in the period.

Kaman, sidelined for most of the season by a left foot injury, provided some much needed relief for the Clippers in the middle.

The Wizards clogged the lanes on defense, forcing Los Angeles to take outside shots. That worked against the Clippers in the first half, as Gordon and Davis were limited to five points apiece on 4-for-14 shooting.

But Gordon started hitting 3s.

Novak started the third with a 3-pointer in transition, and Gordon added back-to-back 3-pointers to pull the Clippers within three, 68-65.

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