Washington (22-48) at Los Angeles (27-45)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Thu Mar 25, 2004
  • TV: CSMA
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The Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers have both endured terrible seasons.

The Wizards have also lost three of their last five, while the Clippers have lost five straight and 13 of 15.

Both teams will be looking to show some improvement as they head into the last stretch of the season when they meet at Staples Center.

Washington is coming off an 85-77 loss at Utah on Tuesday night, as the Wizards committed 23 turnovers and were outscored 42-18 in the lane. It was their 27th loss in 33 road games this season, the team’s seventh straight non-playoff campaign.

“The losing doesn’t affect us nearly as bad mentally as it did early in the season,” Washington center Brendan Haywood said. “We’re learning, and that’s only going to help us in the long run.”

The Clippers are coming off a 91-85 loss at Portland on Wednesday. Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 22 points in his return to the starting lineup after missing two games with a sore left knee.

“That team is on a mission trying to get in the playoffs,” Los Angeles forward Elton Brand said. “They just out-scrapped us, especially in the end.”

Quentin Richardson, who has been battling back spasms but returned briefly in the Clippers’ loss to Denver on Monday night, did not play. The Clippers were also without Keyon Dooling, who had a stomach virus.

The Clippers have had 11 consecutive losing seasons, four short of the NBA record set by the Kansas City Kings in 1984.

The Wizards have won three straight meetings, and five of the last six.

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