March 29, 2017
J.J. Redick returned from injury to score 31 points, and the Clippers outlasted the Wizards 133-124 on Wednesday at Staples Center.
Redick had missed the Clippers game on Sunday against Sacramento with an ankle sprain. On Wednesday night, he hit a season-high 7 three-pointers.
The other 3 members of the Clippers core also played well. Blake Griffin scored 26 points, had 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. DeAndre Jordan had 23 points and 18 rebounds. Chris Paul had 27 points and dished out 13 assists.
The Wizards were led by John Wall’s 41 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. They also received 27 points from Bradley Beal.
The Clippers led by as many as 19 points midway through the third period. The Wizards chipped away in the fourth and pulled to within five points, 129-124, after Beal hit a three-pointer with 31 seconds left. That gave the Clippers fear of blowing another big lead for the 2nd straight game.
However, Griffin made two free throws with 18 seconds left. That put the game out of reach, as the Clippers led 131-124.
“We got some key stops down the stretch and kept playing offensively,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “We moved the ball around, got the ball in the right hands and made shots. That was the difference. We didn’t hesitate.”
The news wasn’t all good for the Clips though. Austin Rivers left the game with a strained left-hamstring. The injury is likely to keep him on the sidelines for at least a couple of games.
Utah also won on Wednesday night, which meant the Clippers didn’t pick up any ground in the race for 4th place in the Western Conference. The Clips are back in action on Thursday night in Phoenix, against the Suns.