For a moment it looked like the Wizards might steal one in LA, but it was not to be as they fell to the Clippers, 110-103. The Wizards trailed by as many as 16, but came back in the fourth quarter to get as close as one, but could never overtake LA. It would've been very easy for the Wizards to give in once they went down big, given that they were playing a very quality opponent and it was the end of a west coast trip. They did not give in though, battling back and putting a scare into the Clippers. A night after winning a defensive struggle against the Warriors, tonight's game was an offensive affair, with both teams going over 100 points and shooting around 50%. The Wizards were better from the field, but the difference was from the free throw line and from beyond the arc. The Clippers got to the free throw line 42 times (hitting 32), compared to just 17 times for the Wizards (making 10). Washington also really struggled from beyond the arc, shooting just 3/22, compared to 6/15 for LA.
Once again, Bradley Beal led the Wizards in scoring with 20 points, and once again he did a lot of his damage late. Five of Beal's eight buckets came in the fourth quarter. John Wall had a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists, leading the Wizards to 31 assists on their 45 made baskets. Nene, Ariza and seraphin also all got into double figures in scoring. The Clippers were led by three 20+ point scorers, getting 29 from Griffin, 21 from Crawford and 20 from Reddick. DeAndre Jordan had a big night on the boards, finishing with 17 rebounds to go along with 14 points.
And that concludes the four game west coast swing, with the Wizards finishing at 2-2. They return home now for five in a row at the Verizon Center.- Jacob Raim
Checking in from the iconic Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles as we get ready to wrap up this west coast trip with the Clippers tonight.
The Wizards are 2-1 on this trip and hope to leave California with a winning record on both the road trip and for the season. The Wizards have another chance to move over .500 tonight, but it won't be easy as they get a Clippers team that has won three straight and eight of their last ten. And even more impressively, they've done that without their start point guard Chris Paul, who will be out again tonight with a shoulder injury.
One guy to watch tonight is the Clippers' sixth man Jamal Crawford. He's put up 62 points over the Clip's last two games and can be a lethal scorer off the bench. I'm looking for Garrett Temple to play a big role in slowing him down as he comes off the Wizards bench.
The Wizards are 9-3 over their last 12 road games and currently have a better road record (12-11) than home (10-11).
The second game of a back-to-back combined with the final game of a west coast trip can sometimes cause fatigue to set in, so look to see if the Wizards show any signs of tired legs in this battle with the Clippers tonight.
The Wizards are coming off a big road win last night over the Golden State Warriors and will need another "A" defensive effort tonight to slow down the high-flying Clippers.