NBA Game Summary - Washington at LA Clippers|
(Saturday, January 19th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 94, Washington 87
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Paul returned from a three-game
absence and tallied 22 points and 11 assists in the Los Angeles Clippers'
94-87 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Paul, who was dealing with a bruised right knee cap, was 6-of-16 from the
floor for the Clippers, who won all three games during Paul's absence. Los
Angeles moved to 19-4 at home.
Blake Griffin tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds in the triumph.
"It was cool to be back on the court," Paul said. "Blake and I didn't shoot
well tonight, but offensive rebounds was how we won."
John Wall netted 24 points to go with six assists for Washington, which had
won four of five coming in after beginning the season 4-28.
"Everyone is starting to come together as a team, but the turnovers and
offensive rebounds killed us tonight," Washington forward Trevor Booker
The Wizards trailed by 12 points early in the fourth after Eric Bledsoe opened
the stanza with a 3-pointer, but an 11-5 run later in the frame got them
within a point. Bradley Beal hit a pair of 3-pointers during the surge, which
was capped when Wall split a pair of free throws to pull Washington within
85-84 with 2:00 left.
After Griffin sank two free throws, Nene made a layup to keep it a one-point
contest, but Los Angeles scored seven of the last eight points of the game.
Griffin made a layup and Paul nailed a right elbow jumper on back-to-back
Clipper possessions to make it 91-86 with 32.4 to play, essentially sealing
Earlier, Los Angeles led 24-22 after a quarter of play before heading into the
locker room with a 47-40 cushion.
The Clippers took a 73-64 margin into the final frame.
Los Angeles turned the ball over just 11 times ... The Clippers had a 40-28
points in the paint advantage ... Los Angeles shot just 36.6 percent (34-
of-93) from the floor.
01/20 01:50:44 ET