The Wizards lost to the Clippers, 108 to 91 on Monday night at Verizon Center which ended a four-game win streak over the past week. Chris Paul led the Clippers with 23 points in the game, while DeAndre Jordan had a double-double with 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting and 13 rebounds in the absence of Blake Griffin who is out due to a quad injury. John Wall scored 23 points and Otto Porter added 21 more for Washington in the loss.
Let's get to some takeaways from the game:
The first quarter run killed Washington early
The Wizards missed seven of their first eight shots in the game and ultimately shot 28 percent for the quarter. Meanwhile, the Clippers shot 63.6 percent and raced to a 34-20 lead. Chris Paul scored 10 points in that period, including this dunk that got the Internet a bit too crazy.
This dunk by Chris Paul was overrated. https://t.co/AlkpUJe6QI— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) December 29, 2015
I wasn't that impressed with it since Paul has made plenty of slams before. And he wasn't done. Paul made an and-one slam in the third quarter at the expense of Kelly Oubre who fouled him during his gather:
If Kelly Oubre didn't foul Chris Paul, this would've been a clean dunk https://t.co/J5grfCuEVr— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) December 29, 2015
Wall and Gortat continue to perform well, while Porter gets back into early-season form
Despite the loss, it is nice to see that John Wall is still playing in #WallStar form for the month of December. He scored 23 points on 10-of-23 shooting making some plays like these along the way:
John Wall with some hustle points https://t.co/llIvjAcmXf— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) December 29, 2015
John Wall with the one man fast break once again https://t.co/Ld0syI4lJm— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) December 29, 2015
Nice Iso and shot by Wall here https://t.co/WiVOi6pqFG— Albert L. (@aleeinthedmv) December 29, 2015
Wall also dished 13 assists during tonight's "Battle of the Point Guards" though the effort ultimately wasn't enough.
Marcin Gortat, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week didn't shoot efficiently where he only went 5-of-13 from the field for 12 points. Fortunately, he grabbed 16 rebounds for the night, so that helped mitigate a bad shooting performance.
Finally, Otto Porter had a great night off the bench, where he scored 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished 2 assists.
The Wizards still miss their injured players
It's nice to see that Garrett Temple, Kelly Oubre, and Jarell Eddie -- who scored 8 points tonight after Saturday's 12 point outburst -- have made positive contributions over the past week.
However, the Wizards don't have the depth needed to defeat a team as deep as the Clippers on a consistent basis. It stinks that Bradley Beal, Nene, Drew Gooden III, and Alan Anderson are still out nursing leg injuries but fortunately most of them should be back in action sooner rather than later.
#WizKiller of the night: Jamal Crawford
We have been talking about who the projected #WizKiller of the night is in previews, but there haven't been any true killers in the past week until tonight because the Wizards won four straight. Tonight, we give this "honor" to reserve guard Jamal Crawford.
Tonight, he was uber-efficient scoring 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting. If Paul was the man who opened this game wide open with his first quarter, Crawford closed it by scoring seven more points on 3-of-3 shooting in the fourth.
Who's next on the schedule?
The Wizards have a chance to get the taste of this loss out of their mouths on Wednesday when they play the Raptors on the road. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. ET. See you then.