Wiz Below .500.. Again

Updated: January 30, 2014

Splitting a four game road trip can’t be all bad, it’s just that glass ceiling of a winning record. Washington hasn’t been above .500 in more than four seasons and didn’t happen tonight as the Wizards fell to the Clippers 110-103 in Los Angeles. Trailing by 16 midway through the third period, the Wizards cut it to one with three minutes to play, but ran out of gas. Washington has now failed in seven opportunities to garner a winning record this season.

Playing back to back nights is never easy, especially in the Pacific time zone against teams that will go deep into the NBA playoffs. You could easily look to the great differential in foul shot opportunities as the key to the game, the Clippers going to the line 42 times, the Wizards only 17. Washington coach Randy Wittman resorted to hack-a-Shaq late, perhaps he through he was playing against O’Neal, they were playing in the Staples Center after all. Only 41% from the charity stripe on the season, DeAndre Jordan hit 6-of-10, enough to keep the Wiz at bay. Jordan finished with 14 points and a game high 17 rebounds, while neutralizing Washington center Marcin Gortat.

Bradley Beal paced the Wizards in scoring, with ten of his 20 points in the final quarter. Backcourt mate John Wall tallied 19 of his own and dished out 11 assists. Blake Griffin led LA with 29 points as five Clippers scored in double figures.

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After back to back games in California, a tired Wizards team returns home. The good news, a five game home stand, tipping off with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night at the Verizon Center.

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