The Washington Wizards’ poor record likely played a large part in Antawn Jamison being left off the Eastern Conference’s All-Star team, but the snub isn’t keeping him from continuing to put up big numbers.
Jamison and the Wizards look to win back-to-back games for the second time this season Monday when they try to hand the Memphis Grizzlies a 13th straight defeat in a meeting of two of the NBA’s worst teams.
Jamison ranks among the NBA’s top 15 in scoring (21.1), rebounding (9.1) and double-doubles (24) and is a two-time All Star. Despite his numbers, the Wizards (10-37) have the worst record in the Eastern Conference and second-worst in the NBA, and the forward was absent from the list of All-Star reserves announced earlier this week.
He has continued his production, however, recording his fourth straight double-double in the Wizards’ 106-94 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Jamison had 25 points and 12 rebounds as Washington outrebounded the Clippers 49-38. The Wizards scored 27 points on 25 Clippers turnovers, as they took advantage of a team that has struggled just as much as they have this season. Los Angeles came in with 10 wins.
“We’re to the point where we don’t want to lose any game at all. We’ve been pretty much embarrassed this season. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing,” said Jamison, who has averaged 24.1 points and 10.0 rebounds in Washington’s last seven games. “Just because their record is close to ours doesn’t prove anything.”
Jamison and the Wizards will be looking to win back-to-back games for the second time this season and first time since Dec. 27-29. They have a good chance at achieving that considering they will be hosting a Memphis team that hasn’t won since Jan. 4.
The Grizzlies (11-35) have dropped 20 of their last 22 overall, including a 115-98 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.
Memphis led by 13 in the first half, but slowly allowed the Lakers to take control. It was outscored 60-37 in the second half and committed 23 turnovers for the game, leading to 39 Los Angeles points. Rudy Gay had 23 points and O.J. Mayo scored 21 on 8-of-12 shooting.
“They did a great job in the second half, no denying that,” said Mayo, who was held to six points after halftime. “I felt like my touches were limited in the second half.”
The losing streak is Memphis’ longest since it dropped the final two games of the 2001-02 season and the first 13 of 2002-03. The blown lead on Saturday came after they had led Oklahoma City by 14 points only to lost by 12 in overtime on Wednesday.
The Grizzlies are 2-18 on the road, where they’ve lost eight straight.
Memphis and Washington split their two meetings last season, with each winning at home. Jamison has averaged 28.1 points in the last eight meetings.