Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Clippers: Chris Paul shows John Wall what a top point guard looks like

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Paul put on a clinic of masterful point guard play last night against John Wall and the Washington Wizards, who dropped their fourth straight in a 113-97 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Riding a three-game losing streak and badly in need of a win entering last night's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Washington Wizards were rendered mere spectators to a six-foot buzz saw named Chris Paul in a 113-97 blowout loss.

The NBA's best point guard was masterful, scoring 38 points on 14 shots (11-of-14 shooting, 5-of-7 from three, 11-for-11 on free throws) and dishing out 12 assists for good measure. John Wall wasn't bad himself, recording 24 points and 12 assists on 10-of-16 shooting, but he got a glimpse of just how far he has to go to reach his self-professed goal of becoming the best player at his position.

This one was never in doubt, with Paul at the top of his game leading a team determined to snap a recent slide of its own, and Wall haplessly trying to make something out of teammates that seemed shell shocked from Friday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

For once, the Wizards' bench wasn't the problem. While L.A.'s reserves weren't needed and scored only 11 points, Washington's bench scored 32 points on 14-of-25 shooting. Unfortunately, that couldn't make up for stinkers from Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza (both shot 3-for-10), or a still-hobbled Martell Webster (12 points). Trevor Booker gave another valiant effort (12 points and seven rebounds), but it wasn't enough to match Blake Griffin (16 points, nine rebounds) and DeAndre Jordan (15 points, 10 rebounds) down low.

KEY LINKS

Home team recaps: BF StoryStreamWashington PostAP | CSN Washington (recapGortat sidebar) | Wiz of AwesDistrict Sports PageWizards.comMonumental Network

Road team recaps: Clips Nation | LA Times (gamersidebar) | Clipper BlogESPN LA

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy Wittman Trevor BookerMarcin GortatTrevor Ariza

KEY STATS

1.008 -  Paul's True Shooting Percentage against the Wizards. Sweet Jesus Point God.

TWEETS OF THE NIGHT

VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT

Hard to pick between Paul's magnificence...

And Griffin literally dunking atop Webster's head.

GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT

A sampling:

Pretty much.

GAMETHREAD ROLLCALL

# Commenter # Comments
1 Wall_Hopeful 73
2 neualex308 51
3 qthaballa 47
4 JimmyWall 27
5 Durant 20
6 _Chris 17
7 Banode 16
8 LRJ 15
9 Big Purp 13
10 DCnhokies 9
11 Rice2012 9
12 John Wall Stan 8
13 WindyRindy 7
14 johnwallposterizes 7
15 HijackedD 7
16 thewiz06 6
17 dave21110 5
18 082288 4
19 oakhillsteeze 4
20 BackScreenLob 3
21 denny from yates 3
22 ATrueNigerian 3
23 Mandark 2
24 PAClark11 2
25 mrudolph30 2
26 KurisuDevil 2
27 twistyroad 2
28 BJKapp 1
29 RobbieV 1
30 17squall 1
31 WAAAAALL-E 1
32 K-Bro 1
33 nichobert 1

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