The Washington Wizards defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 117-110 in arguably their biggest victory of the year. Not only is this Washington’s third straight victory, but their 5th win in their last 6 games, improving them to 12-14 on the season.
The Wizards came out with energy and toughness on the defensive end to start the game, but they looked sloppy at times on the offensive end, committing 6 turnovers in the first quarter. They got their act together in the second quarter to retake the lead, but gave it away late as the Clippers went on an 11-3 run to end the half.
It looked like the Clippers might pull away, when they came out aggressive, going on a 10-4 run to take an 11 point lead early in the third quarter. However, when it started to get rough, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris stepped up to get them back in the game.
Bradley Beal exploded with 18 points in the 3rd quarter to get them back into the game. The Clippers didn’t have an answer for Beal the entire night. Jamal Crawford and J.J Redick both struggled to slow him down, as he finished with 41 points on 13-23 shooting.
Morris was the hero of the fourth quarter. First, he got the crowd fired up with this dunk on Marreese Speights:
Kief just put Marreese Speights on a poster. #WizClippers pic.twitter.com/ItwmOptJSm— CSN Wizards (@CSNWizards) December 18, 2016
Then defensively, he forced Blake Griffin into some tough shot attempts, and on the other end he made the Clippers pay when they dared him to take open looks as they collapsed on Wall and Beal. Morris scored 12 of Washington’s 29 4th quarter points, en route to a 23 point, 9 rebound performance.
After a slow start to the season, the Wizards are definitely on the right track now and with this win over the Clippers, we can’t say this team’s recent success is a fluke.