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The Wizards bounced back from a tough road trip to take down the Pacific Division's first place LA Clippers, 98-90.

The Clippers were missing Blake Griffin and Chris Paul and the Wizards took advantage early, jumping out to an eight point lead at the end of one. They started the game shooting 8/9 from the field, led by Garrett Temple opening the game 4/4 to spur the Wizards early offensive success. The Wizards also got out of their second quarter scoring slump to put up 27 points in the frame and headed into the half up by five.

The third quarter was one of big swings as the Wizards started on a 7-0 run to open up their largest lead of the night, 12 points. The Clippers came storming right back though, going on a 17-2 run of their own to take their first lead since the opening moments of the game. The quarter ended though with the Wizards going on a 12-3 run to take a six point lead into the fourth quarter. Washington would never relinquish that lead, keeping the Clippers at arm's length down the stretch and finishing with the eight point margin of victory.

Martell Webster was the Wizards' big scorer in this one, going for 21 points, including an exceptional 5/6 from three point range. Garrett Temple went for his season high of 15 points, Nene also had 15 and John Wall had 13 points and eight assists. Emeka Okafor just missed out on another double-double with nine points and 14 boards.

Jamal Crawford was the game's high scorer with 28 points and DeAndre Jordan had his season high of 22 rebounds.

The Wizards will look to start a new home winning streak on Wednesday night when the Atlantic Division's first place New York Knicks come to town.


Jordan Crawford
Points: 3
Rebounds: 0
Assists: 0

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Points: Martell Webster - 21
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 14
Assists: Wall - 8
Blocks: Garrett Temple - 3
Steals: Garrett Temple - 3

Randy Wittman Postgame

On the game:

“It wasn’t the prettiest but we’ll take it, definitely. Coming back off the road, I thought this was an important game for us to get to start this three game homestand here before the break. It wasn’t all artistic for us. We still had ups and downs from an offensive standpoint when we just stopped passing, dribbled, no movement. You get in trouble with that. We got to continue to work on that, learn from that. The first half I thought we moved it really good, 51 against this team, I think they are fourth in the league in total defense.”

John Wall Postgame

On game:

“This being the first time we have ever beaten the Los Angeles Clippers since I have been here is a great accomplishment. We knew they would come in this game ready to play and ready to prove a point shorthanded or not. Without Chris (Paul) and Blake (Griffin) the Clippers are still a good team. Jamal (Crawford) put on an excellent showcase tonight and picked up the slack. We as team just made key plays down the stretch and fought hard all game.”

Martell Webster Postgame

On game:

“It’s unfortunate that teams have injuries, but that happens and we as a team still have to take care of business. Everyone contributed offensively and defensively, this was a team effort. This is a game of runs, it’s tough to be perfect for 48 minutes and with an explosive team like the Clippers it made it harder. Tonight as a team we carried out our assignment and kept the defensive mindset throughout the game. Ultimately we were able to regain control of the game and never let them take control.”

Garrett Temple Postgame

On new role:

“Personally the ball is feeling good when it leaves my hand after the release on my jump shot. Tonight I was fortunate enough to get a couple of them to fall early and help my team by any means necessary. When my shots aren’t falling I have to pick it up defensively. I feel whichever way I can help my team and help myself stay on the floor I will do.”

Nene Postgame