Los Angeles (19-40) at Washington (29-31)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Washington, DC
Temp: 78° F
  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Wed Mar 5, 2003
  • TV: CSMA
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WASHINGTON (TICKER) —The Washington Wizards hope to have Michael Jordan in the lineup on Wednesday when they host struggling Los Angeles Clippers, who open a season-high six-game road trip at the MCI Center.

Jordan has not missed a game this season, but left Tuesday’s game against Toronto with back spasms midway through the second quarter. He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday and will be a game-time decision against Los Angeles.

The Wizards will need Jordan - the team’s second-leading scorer - if they hope to climb the Eastern Conference standings. They are one game behind Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference.

Washington has dropped consecutive games following a three-game winning streak and opened a three-game homestand with an 89-86 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 21 points and Larry Hughes added 15 for the Wizards, who shot just 41 percent and were 0-for-11 from 3-point range.

Washington has won six of its last eight home games and is 20-12 at the MCI Center this season.

Los Angeles’ losing streak of the season reached a season-high six games with a 111-108 defeat to the New Orleans Hornets on Monday.

Corey Maggette scored 24 points, Quentin Richardson added 22 and Andre Miller 21 for the Clippers, who have lost 15 of their last 18 games to fall to last place in the Pacific Division.

Los Angeles fell to 1-5 without forward Elton Brand, who is sidelined with a stress fracture in his left ankle and is considered day-to-day.

The Clippers have lost eight of their last nine road games and is 8-19 away from home this season.

Washington posted a 108-104 victory at the Staples Center on February 12 and is trying to sweep the season series from Los Angeles for the first time since 1997-98.

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