Game #27
STAPLES Center | Los Angeles, CA
February 15, 2012 | 7:30 PM (PST)
TV: Fox Sports West
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    LOS ANGELES–Playing in front of their home crowd for the first time in 13 days, the Clippers used a nine-point fourth quarter run to pull away from the Washington Wizards en route to a 102-84 victory Wednesday at Staples Center.

    It may have taken a little longer than expected against a Wizards team with just three road wins, but Chris Paul and Randy Foye ignited L.A. over the final eight-plus minutes, extending a six-point lead to 18.

    “We had our struggles at times, especially I thought offensively we couldn’t get in any type of rhythm,” Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. “We did a much better job in the second half with our ball movement, controlled our turnovers better, did a real nice job on the glass, and kind of wore them [Washington] down a little bit, I thought.”

    Paul, who finished with 16 points and nine assists, had nine points in a two and a half minute flurry and Foye chipped in all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin scored a game-high 23 points with 15 rebounds (eight offensive) and Caron Butler added 21 points, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.

    The game was the first at Staples Center for the Clippers (18-9) since concluding a six-game road trip on Monday. And despite the somewhat sluggish start, it seemed the team was glad to be back.

    “It was great [to play at home],” Griffin said. “To play in front of the home crowd and have that security was good. The road trip was good for us. It made us a little tougher.”

    Washington (7-23) took a two-point lead in the third after Nick Young (14 points), who missed his first nine shots, made his third consecutive 3-pointer. And they pulled to within three points with 10:13 to go in the game. But 23 seconds later, Foye answered with a 3-pointer from the wing off a feed from Mo Williams.

    Later in the quarter, Paul put together a personal highlight reel, scoring on a 3-pointer from straightaway, and sandwiching an alley oop to DeAndre Jordan in between a runner and driving layup.

    It was far and away the best stretch of the night for the Clippers, who led 50-47 at halftime despite six turnovers, 12 points by Wizards center JaVale McGee, and several uncharacteristically sloppy fast breaks.

    “We started off slow,” Foye said. “I mean, we were gone for so long it seemed like.”

    As it has so often this season, the first quarter belonged to Butler. He scored 11 points on a perfect shooting effort, making two 3-pointers and three free throws after being fouled by Chris Singleton on a shot from behind the arc.


    The Wizards have allowed eight of their last nine opponents to score 100 points or more…. The Clippers, who sold out for the 14th consecutive game this season, are 11-3 at home… The Clippers made 11 of their 21 3-pointers on the game, good for 52.4%... Wall had 18 points, 12 assists and six rebounds… L.A. out-rebounded an opponent for the seventh game in a row, grabbing 51 boards to Washington’s 36.

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