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Wizards Edge Clippers 110-104

Rod Strickland had 31 points and 13 assists, and Calbert Cheaney scored 22 of his 28 points in the first half as the Washington Wizards beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-104 Wednesday night.

The defeat was the 14th in 16 games for the Clippers, who lost to the Wizards for the eighth time in their last nine meetings despite a career-high 34 points by Rodney Rogers and 28 by Lamond Murray.

Lorenzen Wright of the Clippers grabbed 22 rebounds, tying his career best.

Chris Webber, the Wizards' leading scorer, missed his fourth consecutive game because of a strained right shoulder and Juwan Howard sat out his second in a row because of a sprained right ankle.

Brent Barry, playing his first home game since Jan. 22 because of an injured left foot, entered the contest with 1:09 left in the third quarter and the Clippers trailing 88-75. He fueled a 9-2 run in the fourth with two free throws, a 3-pointer and a driving layup that reduced a 10-point deficit to 100-97 with 2:50 to play.

The Wizards responded with a layup by Cheaney and a dunk by Ben Wallace for a 104-97 lead with 1:27 left. Rogers hit a 3-pointer at the other end with 1:09 remaining, but Washington sealed the victory with six free throws in the final 29 seconds.

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