They aren’t all pretty, but the Wizards will take any win they can get.
Mike Scott leads the way for Washington with 22 points as the Wizards sneak past the short-handed Clippers, 100-91. Bradley Beal added 20 points and John Wall scored 15 as the Wizards avenge their loss to Los Angeles just six days ago.
Washington led by as many as 18 in the first half but it was déjà vu all over again as they blew the lead in the fourth quarter as the Clippers tied the game at 82. The Wizards took control down the stretch of the game with a 15-3 run highlighted by a Kelly Oubre four-point play.
John Wall put the fork in this one with a tough jumper at the foul line and the foul, to surge the Wizards to victory.
The Wizards are playing with fire
If there’s one constant with this team, it’s that no lead is big enough. Once again, the Wizards found themselves up 18 points against an injury-riddled team only to implode and let the Clippers keep this one interesting. Washington’s poor habits continued to rear their ugly heads tonight. Too many turnovers, poor efforts on defense and poor shooting allowed the Clippers to get back in this one.
Just like against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night, they didn’t get burned; although if they were playing a halfway decent team, there’s no way they win this game.
Mike Scott strengthens his argument
Mike Scott tied a season-high tonight leading the Wizards with 22 points in just 24 minutes of play. Scott saw more playing time tonight as Markieff Morris was in foul trouble most of the evening.
Scott continues to hit tough floaters in the lane, timely three-pointers and is active on the offensive glass. The veteran only missed one shot tonight (9-10 from the field) and connected on 2-3 three-point attempts.
It’s going to be very hard for Scott to maintain this pace, however, while he’s hot, the coaching staff needs to ride his hot hand over Markieff Morris.
John Wall has another up and down performance
John Wall wasn’t very good for most of the night. He took far too many tough jumpers and was loose with the ball evidenced by his five turnovers. He shot just 5-16 from the field and was 1-6 from range.
However, Wall came up big down the stretch with a nice assist to Gortat for an easy dunk and a tough jumper and the foul to ice the game.
As Wall continues to return from injury, it would be nice to see him focus more on setting teammates up rather than jack up a ton of shots because not many of them are falling right now.
- Washington had two separate 12-0 runs in the first half.
- Kelly Oubre Jr. completed a four-point play in the midst of a key Washington run late as they pulled away.
- Otto Porter suffered a right thigh bruise in the first quarter and never returned.
LeBron James and the red-hot Cavaliers come to Washington on Sunday night. The last time the Cavs were in town, James scored 57 against the Wizards.