Wizards make late push but come up short, lose to Clippers, 114-109.

The Wizards’ come back falls short as the Clippers drop the Wizards 114-109. The Wizards were down 17 at one point in this game and would cut the lead to three, 110-107 on a John Wall three-pointer. But Chris Paul would ice the game with a three-pointer of his own.

Four of the five Wizards players scored in double figures: Porter (14), Morris (18), Gortat (21), and Wall (15). But Bradley Beal had a very poor game scoring just eight points on 2-16 shooting.

It looked like the Wizards might get blown out early. J.J. Redick was on fire knocking down a three-pointer in front of a trailing Bradley Beal for the Clippers to take a 51-34 lead midway through the second quarter. The Wizards were able to cut the lead to 11, 60-49 at halftime but even so, optimism wasn’t very high.

Randy Wittman must have given quite the halftime speech as the Wizards started the second half on a 10-0 run cutting the lead to one. The Clippers countered with an 8-0 run of their own.

Seemed like every time the Wizards had a run in them, the Clippers had an answer.

John Wall knocked down three three-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Wizards would cut the lead to 3, 110-107 with just 48 seconds to play. Chris Paul would answer with a three of his own all but icing the game. Wizards lose 104-109.

Bradley Beal has a horrific game: Bradley Beal wants to get paid max money but he sure doesn’t look like a max player. J.J. Redick had Beal running in circles early, as Beal had no answer on defense. Combine Beal’s poor defensive effort with a 2-16 shooting performance to quiet all that chatter. It’s not that Beal took tough shots; it’s just that they weren’t falling tonight. However, that seems to be a trend as of late.

Markieff Morris continues to play well: Markieff Morris continues to play well during this rough patch for the Wizards. Morris finished with 18 points and eight rebounds and was tasked with guarding Blake Griffin who scored just six points tonight. Morris continues to impress even though it’s looking like the Wizards will be left out of the playoffs.


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