McGee Leads Wizards Past Clippers
Posted Jul 18 2009 10:45PM
LAS VEGAS, July 19 - The Washington Wizards cruised to a 74-64 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. JaVale McGee led the Wizards with 19 points on nine-of-11 shooting to go with seven blocks.
Los Angeles' Blake Griffin and Washington's Nick Young each matched McGee's 19 points in the game while DeAndre Jordan finished with a 14-point 10-rebound double-double for the Clippers. Javaris Crittenton scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half for Washington.
"I felt like we played like a team," said McGee. "Everybody came out and played a good game."
Washington jumped out to an early 7-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game before the Clippers battled back to take a 10-9 lead with 250 to play in the first quarter. With just under four minutes to play, McGee committed a Flagrant One Foul sending Griffin, the top overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft to the floor in a tense moment for Clipper Nation. The teams traded buckets and the lead through the final seconds of the quarter before Nik Caner-Medley fouled a three-point shooting Nick Young with 0.2 seconds to play. Young knocked down all three free throws to give the Wizards a 15-12 lead at the end of one.
The teams stayed even through the second period, despite the Wizards going up by as many as ten points, each scoring 17 points to allow the Wizards to maintain a three-point lead, 32-29, going into the half. McGee scored seven of his 11 first-half points in the second quarter, finishing a perfect five-of-five from the floor in the half. A six-point Caner-Medley quarter led the way for the Clippers in the second as he finished the half with eight points to go with a game-high seven rebounds. Griffin finished with a team-high nine points in the half on four-of-eight shooting.
Los Angeles scored the first four points of the second half, taking a 33-32 lead over the Wizards. Washington responded with a 12-2 run capped off by a McGee alley-oop dunk with 5:15 to play giving the Wizards a 44-35 lead. Ballooning the lead to as many as 13, Washington held onto an 11-point lead going into the final stanza, 54-43. Crittenton scored seven of his 10 points in the quarter for the Wizards. Caner-Medley and Griffin each had team-leading 13 points at the end of three.