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107

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81
Game #21
Verizon Center | Washington D.C.
February 4, 2012 | 4:00PM (PST)
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RADIO: KFWB 980 AM
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  • CLIPPERS 26-POINT WIN IS LARGEST ON THE ROAD IN EIGHT YEARS -
    Eric Patten - (@ericpatten)
    It was exactly what good teams are supposed to do.

    Beginning their lengthiest away stretch of the season, the Clippers jolted out to a 24-point halftime lead and dominated the Washington Wizards, 107-81, Saturday at Verizon Center for their most lopsided road win since 2004.

    The Clippers (14-7), who led by as many as 36 points, rested their starters for a majority of the fourth quarter. They have won three in a row away from home.

    “I thought our focus was good going in,” Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. “We shared the ball well. We rebounded well and were very active.”

    It was a statistical bonanza of sorts. The team combined for 32 assists on 45 field goals, shot 54.2% from the floor, and out-rebounded Washington 53-32. Blake Griffin scored a game-high 21 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 31 minutes, while DeAndre Jordan had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks.

    After the Wizards (4-20) tied the game at 10 on a jumper by Nick Young, the Clippers ran off 18 of the next 25 points. Griffin ignited the stretch with a twisting layup around Javele McGee, the league’s top shot blocker entering the game. But it was a cumulative effort that helped grab command early.

    Chauncey Billups, who scored 12 points and made all four of his 3-pointers, nailed a shot from long range, Jordan dunked with two hands off a pass from Griffin as he pulled up in the lane to avoid a charging call, Mo Williams canned a runner off one foot, and Caron Butler made a pull-up jumper after a head fake on the wing.

    “We definitely had to come out to a very aggressive start,” Jordan said on Prime Ticket after the game.

    After leading 28-17 at the end of one, L.A. seemed to have their way with the Wizards. Williams had 17 points off the bench and in a homecoming of sorts, Butler, the former Wizards All-Star, chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds. And what is becoming a prerequisite for most Clippers victories, Jordan and Griffin threw down an assembly line of dunks; 13 to be precise.

    Perhaps the finest jam came from Jordan on a lob from Williams, who tallied eight helpers on the night.

    A possession after Wizards guard Shelvin Mack knocked down a corner 3-pointer, Williams drove to the right side of the basket, and jumped to pass it back to Jordan trailing the play. However, Jordan bumped into Washington’s Jan Vesely on his way to the rim, causing Williams to hang in the air a little longer than he expected. Williams lofted the ball from the baseline and Jordan caught it about seven feet from the hoop before soaring in for an outstretched, one-handed dunk.

    “That was a great pass by Mo and I just finished it,” Jordan said.

    Afterwards Del Negro praised Jordan, who appeared to take onus on outplaying McGee, the only other player in the NBA averaging at least eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks per game.

    “He’s very active and obviously he’s very athletic,” the Clippers coach said. “His length and athleticism is going to cause problems and it did tonight.”

    Despite the wide margin, the Clippers committed 23 turnovers and shot 6-for-17 from the free throw line, including 1-for-7 by Griffin. It mattered little, though, as they curtailed point guard John Wall (14 points on only eight shots) and held Washington to just 37.5% from the field.

    NOTES

    It was the largest margin of defeat in the series at Washington (19) and extended the Clippers win streak over the Wizards to six games overall... The Wizards scored 81 points, a season low for a Clippers opponent… Rookie guard Travis Leslie scored a career-high six points… The Wizards’ 34 points in the first half matched the lowest scoring half by a Clipper opponent this season. The Rockets had a 34-point second half on Jan. 4… Butler, who played five-plus seasons in Washington, was greeted with applause. It was his first game against his former team since being dealt to Dallas near the trade deadline in 2010.


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