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Wizards Report January 20

January 22, 2013
The schedule didn’t favor the Washington Wizards. Still, despite playing the second of back-back-to-back road games in Los Angeles against a rested Clippers’ team, the Wizards made the home team squirm before falling 94-87.

Here is today’s  Wizards Report:

LISTEN: Wizards Report January 20

Down by twelve points early in the fourth quarter at 76-64, the Clippers, with only four home losses all year, could not deliver the knockout blow. With 1:33 remaining in the game   John Wall  threaded a pass to  Nene, who drew a foul on a strong move to the basket to pull the Wizards within one point at 87-86. Unfortunately  Nene missed the free throw.

Randy Wittman:

“They are a really good team and that is what it boiled down to. Our guys battled, fought and fell behind there a little bit. But they stayed in the game and kept plugging away and we were looking at making a free throw and it would have been a tie game.”

The Clippers then closed on a 7-1 run to secure their fourth straight win. The Clippers won despite shooting only 36 percent from the field and missing ten free throws. The Wizards had an even more difficult night at the line, going 15 of 27, and were tripped up by 18 turnovers that led to 19 Clippers’ points.

A night earlier in Denver, the Wizards held the Nuggets to only nine offensive rebounds. It was a major factor in the Wizards 112-108 win. The Clippers had nine offensive rebounds early in the second quarter and by half time had a 14-5 advantage in second chance points. For the game the Clippers had 22 offensive rebounds.

Randy Wittman:

“We competed tonight. We didn’t win the game because we gave up 22 offensive rebounds for 20 plus second chance points. We left 12 free throws out there, missed 12 free throws. Initially our defense out there was pretty good we just couldn’t keep them off the offensive boards. They got 16 more shot attempts because of that. When your defense is doing good and holding them to 30 shot attempts, 16 more shots are hard to overcome.”

John Wall:

In his second game in as many nights,  Wall felt good enough to play a season-high thirty minutes and score a season-high 24 points. Wall was in attack-mode and finished 10 of 14 from the free throw line. He was instrumental in helping the Wizards navigate back from a double-digit deficit early in the fourth quarter. The Wizards only had two turnovers in the final twelve minutes, but unfortunately one was a palming call on  Wall with 52 seconds left and the Clippers only leading 89-86.

The Clippers:

Chris Paul returned after missing three games with a bruised right knee to score 22 points and finish with 11 assists.  Blake Griffin also had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.  Griffin was 5 of 18 shooting from the field.

Trevor Booker:

“Blake [Griffin] was struggling all game; we did a good job on him and made him score over us. The thing that beat us was their offensive rebounding and our free throws. We could have won the game, but if you look at how hard we played, we can hold our heads high.”