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News » Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2008-04-30

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2008-04-30

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2008-04-30
Now that they have fallen into a 1-3 hole against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Wizards will try to pull out every stop to prevent what would be their third elimination in a row by Cleveland in the playoffs.

"We are going to throw everything we can at them," Wizard coach Eddie Jordan said. "We will change up defenses. We will try to keep them off balance as much as we can. We have to create more offense. We just have to play like it's a Game 7."

In the history of the NBA playoffs, teams have fallen behind 3-1 174 times. Of that number, just eight have rallied to win the series, most recently in 2006, when Phoenix rallied to defeat the Lakers.

For their part, the Cavs are not chalking this one up as a done deal.

"Nobody has won four games yet," Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. "Whether we are up or down, we need to take this game and play the next game like it is our last."

CLEVELAND 100, WASHINGTON: 97: Again and again the Cleveland Cavaliers got open for three-point shots against the Wizards, and in the end, after Gilbert Arenas had tied the game at 97-97, Delonte West's three-pointer with 5.4 seconds to play put the Wizards, down 1-3, on the brink of elimination in this first-round series.

Led by Antawn Jamison's 23 points, all of the Wizards' starters scored in double-figures. Jamison also pulled down 11 rebounds. Caron Butler added 19 points and Brendan Haywood finished with 16.

But the Wizards were crushed on the glass, where Cleveland out-rebounded them 51-31. The other problem the Wizards encountered was their inability to defend the perimeter, allowing the Cavaliers to make 13 of 23 shots, including West's game-winner.

The game got away from the Wizards in the second quarter when, after making 78.6 percent of their shots in the first quarter, the Cavaliers closed out the second quarter on a 23-5 run. This took the Cavaliers from trailing 39-31 with 6:28 left in the half to a 54-44 lead at halftime.

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 34 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. West, 5-of-8 from behind the three-point line, finished with 21 points.

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