The Los Angeles Clippers hit the Washington Wizards first and made a stick as they defeated 113-99 at the Staples Center Friday night. Chris Paul all-world tonight as he scored 30 points to go along with 15 assists.
This is Paul’s second-straight 30 point game and 10 plus assists. Tonight he was carving the Wizards up with the mid-range jumper, and was very efficient doing so shooting 12-of-21 from the field while making 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Paul orchestrated the offense to perfection as the racked up 15 assists and turned the ball over only one time.
Los Angeles had more guys step up with great performances. J.J. Redick continued his hot shooting as he scored 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-7 from behind the arc. This is Redick’s third-straight 20-plus point game, and during this three-game stretch he has gone 11-of-23 from three-point land. Blake Griffin did a little bit of everything as he scored 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting, while adding six rebounds and five assists. DeAndre Jordan played 43 minutes and accumulated 10 points, 23 rebounds, and three blocks.
John Wall did his part tonight as he had another double-double with 19 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds. Wall wasn’t necessarily efficient as he shot 7-of-18 from the field, but some of that was trying to force the issue and get the offense jumpstarted. However, Wall did deliver with one of his patent 360 spin layups on a fast break that even got the Clippers fans applauding.
Bradley Beal added 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. Beal was efficient but he wasn’t aggressive enough as he only took 10 shots. Especially when the Wizards are on the road, Bradley Beal needs to be in attack mode when secondary players aren’t knocking down shots. The duo of Marcin Gortat-Nene combined to score 26 points on 12-of-23 shooting and 12 rebounds. Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin came off the bench to score 10 points apiece.
This game was won by the Los Angeles Clippers very simply, they made shots. Both teams are very efficient offenses but tonight the Clippers shot 52.3 percent from the field while the Wizards shot 43 percent. To make it clearer, the Clippers shot 52.2 percent from three (12-of-23) while the Wizards shot 31.6 percent (6-of-19). 11 of Los Angeles’ three-pointers came in the first half. One of Washington’s strength is the fast break, but it was Los Angeles that had the edge tonight. The Clippers outscored the Wizards 22-9 on the break, and in the first half they had a 17-1 advantage.
Washington stayed in the game because they had the advantage in the paint 40-to-34, shot better from the free throw 82.6 percent compared to 64.7 percent, and they won the turnover battle 9-to-16. The Wizards were able to score 21 points off the Clippers 16 turnovers.
Despite the shooting differential, Washington fought hard and had a chance in the fourth quarter. The Wizards were down 13 points heading into the final quarter, but John Wall would rally the team and make an 11-4 run. During that stretch Wall scored seven points and assisted on the other four. However, after a Clippers timeout Chris Paul would respond by leading his team on a 19-11 run. During the rest of the fourth quarter Paul would score eight points and dish out five assists. Either Chris Paul scored or recorded an assist on all 19 points in that run.
The Washington Wizards will continue their West Coast road trip as they head to Sacramento to face the Kings on Sunday at 6:00 PM EST. The Los Angeles Clipper will stay home to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 PM EST.