Bradley Beal, the NBA’s top scorer with 32.9 points per game, finished the game with 28 points and 10 assists. Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
“The guys were pretty disappointed that we didn’t play better,” said Wizards coach Scott Brooks.
Washington cut an 18-point deficit to five in the fourth quarter. But the Clippers’ bank was too much even when Lou Williams was resting. Terrance Mann scored the first seven points during this period.
“We missed Lou, we needed it and they did a really good job,” said Clippers coach Tyronn Lue.
Westbrook scored on his offensive rebound and scored the Wizards within nine. They never got closer and were beaten 21-8 as the Clippers climbed between 132 and 110.
Reggie Jackson placed consecutive 3-pointers between two dunks of Ivica Zubac, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Jackson finished with 17 points.
“When we need big minutes and a big game from him, he delivers,” said George of Jackson. “He accelerated the pace and made us play faster.”
Marcus Morris hit one of the eight LA 3s in the fourth. Mann made two and Leonard had one.
“We play the Clippers. They are really, really good, ”said Wizards striker Moe Wagner. “I’m not looking at the fourth quarter, but at the first half. You can’t let such players get started or they will tear you apart. “
Leonard and George teamed up for the Clippers’ first eight points.
The Wizards beat Los Angeles 16-4 and reduced their deficit to 99-94. Rui Hachimura and Davis Bertans each had five points, Beal four and Wagner scored inward to end the period with 13 points.
The Clippers kept their momentum early in the second round, extending their lead to 55-31. From there, the wizards finally showed some life. Beal ran away seven times in a row and hit a 3-pointer as part of a 24-17 run that left them 72-55 at halftime. Washington’s three young starters – Wagner, Hachimura and Garrison Mathews – together shot 5 out of 10 in the first half.
George and Paul got the Clippers off to a hot start. The two All-Stars together scored their team’s first 16 points on the way to a lead of 36 to 20 after a quarter.
The Wizards got off to a bad start, shooting 8 out of 22 with just six rebounds. Beal and Westbrook were a combined 3 out of 11.
Wizards: Beal has played two games in a row with more than 30 points against the Trail Blazer and Lakers. … Bertans caught George’s left elbow in his mouth and drew blood in the second. … Westbrook picked up a technician in the second and yelled from the sidelines when he disliked a 3 second defensive call.
Clippers: Scored 130 or more points for the third time this season. … Zubac’s sixth double-double from the bench is the second most popular in the NBA. … George was selected as an all-star reserve, his seventh career appearance and the first since 2019. He has average career highs in assists (5.5), 3-point percentage (47%) and field goal – Percentage (51%). He joins Leonard for the March 7th game. It is the first time since 2014-15 that at least two Clippers have been selected for the list.
Mfiondu Kabengele played 3 1/2 minutes at the end of the game and hit the Clippers’ last 3 pointer. He made a 3-pointer in a game twice before that season. He appeared as a rookie in just 13 games last season.
“Very excited for him,” said Lue. “He did the job every day. All of our boys are happy about Fi. “
Wizard: Visit the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.
Clippers: At the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday to open a five-game journey.
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