Clippers at Wizards final score: Washington sneaks by short-handed Clippers for a 100-91 victory

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.

Takeaways

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.

Game Notes

  • 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.

Up Next  

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.

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Wizards vs. Grizzlies final score: Washington holds on to win 93-87 in John Wall’s return

Bradley Beal scored 18 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, as the Wizards hung on to beat the lowly Grizzlies, 93-87 on Wednesday night.

All five Washington starters and Kelly Oubre scored in double-figures tonight as the Wizards finally got in the win column after two tough losses.

The quarter-full Capital One Arena was about as roaring as a library to begin this one, and the play from both of these teams early on mirrored that as the two teams mustered up just 10 points through the first 5:37 of the opening period.

Everything changed in the second quarter as John Wall got his legs back under him and looked like the player we’ve grown accustomed to. He turned on the afterburners midway through the second period, finishing shots at the hole and hitting midrange jumpers as the Wizards took a 41-29 lead into halftime.

Washington was up by as many as 17 in the second half but as we know, no lead is safe with the Wizards. The Grizzlies hit a three-pointer at the beginning of the fourth quarter for their first lead of the game, 67-65. After that three, Washington went on a 13-0 run to take control of the game and secure the win.

Takeaways

John Wall makes his return

As expected, it took about a quarter for Wall to really put a mark on this game. It wasn’t so much that he needed to knock off the rust, but the aggression wasn’t there at first.

After scoring just one basket in the first quarter, Wall looked like his old self, taking Chandler Parsons off the dribble and finishing at the hole. His midrange jumper was falling too as he went on a personal 9-0 run to help the Wizards take a 14 point lead in the second quarter.

The second half wasn’t as kind for Wall. After scoring 11 points on 5-10 shooting in the first half, Wall only scored two points in the second half as he never really got going.

There were next to no highlight plays in a mostly sleepy game tonight. However, late in the fourth quarter, he pinned Chandler Parsons’ layup attempt to seal the win.

Mike Scott wants the starting power forward position

Mike Scott continued his rock-solid play while filling in for Markieff Morris, who sat this one out with a sore hip. He scored 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting including a three-pointer in the fourth quarter to stretch the Wizards’ lead to six as Memphis tried to claw their way back into the game.

Scott didn’t do anything extraordinary, but the Wizards don’t need him to do anything crazy, especially with Wall back. They just need him to knock down shots when he’s open and play respectable defense.

It’s going to be hard for the coaching staff to play Morris over Scott as long he keeps turning in these solid performances.

Game Notes

  • Washington held the Grizzlies to 12 points in the first quarter and 29 points for the half; both season-lows for Wizards’ opponents. But it wasn’t because of good defense or anything, the Grizzlies just aren’t good.
  • The Wizards hit all five of their three-point attempts in the fourth quarter.
  • The Wizards didn’t do themselves any favors at the charity stripe as they were just 12 of 24 from the free throw line.
  • Scott Brooks’ rotations remain confusing as he opted to go with a five-man lineup with no true point guard on the floor (at an odd time too) through the first few minutes of the fourth quarter.

Next up: The Wizards will try to get revenge for this Saturday’s loss as they host the Clippers at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Wizards at Clippers final score: Lou Williams buries a three-pointer late as the Clippers beat the Wizards, 113-112.

Washington’s second-half comeback was all for naught as Lou Williams hits a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining as the Clippers win, 113-112. Lou Williams scored a game-high 35 points as the Wizards’ losing streak in Los Angeles against the Clippers is now stretched to nine games.

After a little bit of a rough patch, Otto Porter had a bounce-back game with 27 points on 10-16 shooting. Bradley Beal scored just two points in the first half but came alive in the second half with 23 points.

Ian Mahinmi and Mike Scott scored 14 and 22 points respectively, both season-highs.

This was definitely a tough one for Washington to lose, dropping them to 2-2 on the road trip.

Takeaways

Mike Scott has his best game of the season

Mike Scott turned in his best performance as a Wizard tonight with 22 points on 9-11 shooting. Scott came into the game with a streak of connecting on eight-straight field goals and was able to stretch that to 12 as he made his first four shots of the game

Not only was Scott hitting tough mid-range jumpers like he often does –

he was terrific from three-point range connecting on 3-4 attempts including one right in front of the Clippers bench as Washington regained the lead late in the fourth quarter.

This game solidified Scott’s role as the second-best player off the bench and with Markieff Morris struggling, it’ll be interesting to see what happens at the power forward position.

A bounce-back game for Otto Porter

After a mini rough patch, Otto Porter had a nice bounce-back game tonight with a team-high 27 points. Porter connected on his first three three-pointers tonight and sparked an early 13-2 lead for Washington.

Otto came up big for Washington down the stretch as he too, hit a three-pointer right in front of the Clippers bench to give Washington the lead only the follow that up with a sky-high floater over DeAndre Jordan as it looked like Washington might close this one out.

Let’s hope this game officially got Otto out of his scoring funk.

Free-throw shooting comes back to haunt the Wizards

Washington was awful from the line going 15-23 (65 percent) this afternoon. Ian Mahinmi was 6-6 from the charity stripe tonight while the rest of the team was just 9-17.

With the Wizards up, 109-105, Tomas Satoransky had a chance to ice the game as he was at the free-throw line with under a minute remaining; but he missed them both.

Washington lost this game by one and missed eight free throws. You do the math.

Tip Ins

  • Washington hasn’t beaten the Clippers in Los Angeles since 2008.
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. was held scoreless in 20 minutes of action.
  • Satoransky, Scott, and Mahinmi outscored their counterparts in Frazier, Morris, and Gortat, 47-13.

Up Next

Washington heads to Brooklyn Tuesday evening hoping to end the road-trip with a winning record.

Wizards vs. Blazers Final Score: Beal explodes for 51 as the Wizards win, 106-92

*Photo by Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/OregonLive

How’s that for bouncing back after a 46-point loss just 24 hours ago?

Bradley Beal explodes for a career-high 51 points as the Wizards avenge their loss to the Blazers, 106-92. All 51 of those points were needed as only two other Wizards players, Kelly Oubre (14), and Mike Scott (10) cracked double figures in scoring.

The Wizards used an overpowering second quarter where they outscored the Blazers, 27-15 to take control of this game and never surrendered the lead thereafter.

Takeaways

Tonight belonged to Bradley Beal

As mentioned, Bradley Beal scored a career-high 51 points on 21-37 shooting while knocking down five three-pointers. Beal, who opted not to wear his protective goggles tonight, was much more aggressive early on as most of his shots in the first quarter were on drives to the cup or in the painted area.

The sixth-year player scored 12 points in the first quarter on 5-6 shooting inside of the arc (missed two three-pointers).

As the night went on Beal, reverted back to taking outside jumpers and three-pointers. He finished the first half with 19 points and you had a hunch that at least 40 was in play.

The third quarter is where everything started falling for Brad. Drives to the hole? Yup. Three-pointers? Yup. Step-backs over mismatched defenders? You bet. Beal erupted for 19 points in the third quarter including sparking a 9-0 run late in the period where Washington took control, 72-53.

At a time where the Wizards’ lead shrunk to 79-70 early in the fourth quarter and you could sense a #SoWizards finish, a missed shot found it’s way to Mike Scott who kicked it to Beal for three for then, a new career-high 43 points.

After Washington used a 18-6 run late to ice the game, Beal started firing away to get to that elusive 50-point mark. A corner three got him to 49 points then he cherry-picked while the team was on defense, resulting in an easy dunk for his 51st point of the night.

Take a bow, Brad.

Defense sets the tone

Washington was much more active on the defensive end tonight and that set the tone early on. The Wizards turned the Blazers over 13 times in the first half and ended the evening with a season-high 16 steals. The Wiz were very opportunistic as they turned Portland’s 19 turnovers into 25 points.

Kelly Oubre had five steals tonight, a couple of the turnovers leading to touchdowns variety evidenced as the Wizards mustered up 16 fast-break points tonight; something they’ve struggled to achieve with John Wall out,

Yes a 51-point explosion helps, but don’t overlook the Wizards outstanding defensive effort tonight either.

Game Notes

  • Aside from Beal, the rest of Washington’s starters combined for 21 points on 7-30 shooting.
  • Mike Scott went a perfect 5-5 from the field and added seven rebounds.
  • The Wizards took care of the basketball, only committing 10 turnovers tonight.

Up Next

Washington heads to Phoenix on Thursday night to try and avenge another early season loss.

Wizards vs. Jazz final score: Washington gets blown off the court in 116-69 loss

Well, that’s not an ideal way to start a five-game road trip.

There was a sequence in the third quarter where Marcin Gortat missed a layup on one end, the Jazz snagged the miss and countered on the other end with a Donovan Mitchell three-pointer. It was that kind of a night as the Wizards got blown out on Monday night, 116-69.

The no-longer-under-the-radar-rookie Donovan Mitchell jump-started the Jazz with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting as the Jazz had this one wrapped up early in the second quarter.

Washington needs to bury the tape from this one and move on as quickly as possible to the next game.

Takeaways

Washington falls into the Jazz’s trap

When the Jazz force you to play their brand of basketball, it’s game over. They shorten the game, swing the ball, force you into taking midrange jumpers while they create opportunities in the paint and get open corner threes. That was all on display in the first half as the Jazz put their mark on this game early.

Utah got too many easy baskets close to the hole as they scored 34 points in the paint in the first half compared to Washington’s eight. After establishing their paint presence, the Jazz started swinging the ball around the horn resulting in seven first half three-pointers as the Wizards were left to chase them around the perimeter.

On the flip side, it wasn’t much prettier as Utah ran Washington off of the three-point line and funneled them into taking midrange jumpers all night. The Wizards narrowed the three-point attempt gap in garbage time, but the Jazz still wound up attempting 14 more threes than Washington and making a dozen more than the Wizards did.

Terrible first half plagues Washington

The first half was ugly.

The Wizards shot just 27 percent from the field in the first half and only managed to hit on 11 field goal attempts. No Washington player scored in double figures and Otto Porter was the only Wizards player to shoot at least 40 percent from the field.

Washington lacked anything resembling tenacity as the Jazz more than doubled the Wizards up in the half, 64-30. In fact, the Jazz had more points in the paint (34) than the Wizards had in the half (30).

You had to look very hard to find a stat that favored Washington in the first half of play.

Bradley Beal struggles again

For the third time in four games, Bradley Beal had a tough night. After starting the evening just 1-5 from the field, he got rid of his protective goggles as they looked to be bothering him once again. Beal finished the night with 11 points on 4-15 shooting and missing all of his three-point attempts.

It’s not time to push the panic button yet, but Beal has been in a bit of a funk over these past four games and the Wizards need him desperately to snap out of it.

Game Notes

  • Washington scored just 69 points tonight, a season-low.
  • Tomas Satoransky’s streak of three straight games with no turnovers ended tonight.
  • The Wizards had as many assists (4) as they did turnovers (4) in the first half (OK, I’ll stop with these kinds of stats.)
  • Jason Smith got playing time tonight (!!!)

Next up: The Wizards are back in action on Tuesday night as they face the Blazers in Portland at 10 p.m.