Los Angeles, CA.— The Los Angeles Clippers (11-6) came to the nation's capital on Tuesday night winners of five straight needed a dominant final quarter in the last two to secure come from behind victories. They got a taste of their own medicine Tuesday night against a struggling Washington Wizards team that was just days removed from being open to trading away it's two franchise players (John Wall & Bradley Beal).
Which to most teams would definitely be a distraction coming into the game. It surely looked that way in the first half.
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The first half was all Los Angeles they led by as many as 19 after the first quarter (40-21) and seemed to cruise to halftime with a comfortable lead. Then the second half was a complete turnaround.
The surging Los Angeles Clippers were outscored 71-47 in the second half. The Wizards led by Wall, Beal and Green who each scored 10 in the fourth quarter as Washington outscored Los Angeles 39-23 to pull out the win.
"You have a team, you can see they're wounded, and I really thought we had a chance to be up 30 at halftime," Head coach Doc Rivers said. "And you can just see it we kind of got the lead, kind of turned down the energy." Then Lou Williams had 17 points was ejected with under a minute remaining in the game and he said after the game about what happen on that ejection:
"I felt like we were playing through a lot of contact and I didn't think that Washington was playing through a lot of contact, and I wanted a real answer why that was."
Tobias Harris finished with a team-high 29 points (21 in the first half). Montrezl Harrell after taking a hard fall early in the game after leaping in the air for a long pass from teammate Lou Williams, had another solid performance off the bench with 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Coach Rivers who went with Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the starting lineup over Patrick Beverly finished with 17 points. Danilo Gallinari (3 points) did not make a field goal in 28 minutes after sitting out the previous game due to an illness.
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The struggling Washington Wizards (6-11) found a way to overcome eternal adversity to pick up a big win. Coach Scott Brooks said after the game regarding the incident at a team practice with point guard John Wall:
"It happened. We talked about it, we moved on," Brooks said. "I'm not here to throw anything in anybody's face."
After being blitzed for most of the game, they took their first lead with 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter. Then were about to hold off Clippers for the remainder of the game.
John Wall with most of the focus on him coming in, finished with a game-high 30 points and 8 assist. He made 5-12 from deep. His backcourt teammate Bradley Beal had 27 points and 7 assist: He said about this team's comeback win:
"We've still got a lot of stuff to fix, I'm still not happy. I know everybody's not happy with where we are."
Jeff Green chipped in with 20 points and was a big part of the teams fourth quarter run.
The Wizards travel to Toronto on Friday.
The Clippers next game Friday 11/23 vs the Memphis Grizzlies @ 12:30 PT.