The Pacific division leading Clippers were simply too much for the Wizards on Saturday night at Verizon Center, winning 113-97. The Wizards never got to within single digits in the second half as Chris Paul and company really took control of the game. They closed the third quarter on a 9-1 run to get to within 12, but the Clippers did not allow that momentum to carry into the fourth quarter. The Wizards shot the ball well at 49.4%, but the Clippers were at 56.5%. Paul and Wall dueled all night and both were as good as advertised. Paul was incredible, finishing with 38 points on 11/14 shooting, including 5/7 from long distance, to go along with 12 assists. Wall was assuredly no slouch, going for 24 on 10/16 shooting and 12 assists. Wall missed all four of his threes, but was 10/12 from inside the arc. All five Clippers starters had at least 15 points, with Jamal Crawford getting 17 and DeAndre Jordan chipping in a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. For the Wizards, Kevin Seraphin came off the bench to score a season high 16 on 7/12 shooting. Webster, Ariza and Booker also finished in double figures. - Jacob Raim
We've returned home from Atlanta after a heartbreaker last night at Phillips Arena. One thing about the NBA is you need to have a short memory and quickly move on after tough losses. The Wizards will need to quickly forget about last night's overtime loss to the Hawks and prepare for an even tougher Clippers team tonight at Verizon Center.
This is the final game of a seven-game east coast trip for the Clippers and they hope to leave the east with a winning record. They are 3-3 on the trip after a loss to the Nets on Thursday night in Brooklyn.
It is no secret who the head of the Clippers snake is and that would be all-star point guard Chris Paul. He's leading the league in assists with 11.4 per game and is a threat every time the ball is in his hands. Tonight will be one of the more exciting matchups of the season as he and John Wall go toe-to-toe at the point guard spot. Read more in the official
The Clippers have a lot of weapons and are a deep team, but if the Wizards can get bench production like they did last night from guys like Glen Rice and Otto Porter, they should be able to keep up with the run-and-gun Clippers.
The Wiz knocked off the Clippers here at Verizon Center last February, though Chris Paul didn't play in that game. They will look to snap a three-game losing streak by doing the same here tonight.
Nothing new on the injury front, Nene and Beal will be out again. Webster returned to the lineup last night and will start again along with Wall, Ariza, Booker, and Gortat.
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