11/20 21:49 CST Wall, Beal, Green help Wizards rally past Clippers 125-118
Wall, Beal, Green help Wizards rally past Clippers 125-118
By RICH DUBROFF
WASHINGTON (AP) --- There has been a lot of negativity around the struggling
Washington Wizards in recent days. When they fell behind the Los Angeles
Clippers by 24 points midway in the second quarter, the Wizards didn't fall
apart again. Instead, they rallied for their biggest win of the season.
John Wall scored 30 points, Bradley Beal had 27 and Jeff Green added 20 as
Washington wore down the Clippers 125-118 on Tuesday night.
Amid a 5-11 start, there were reports the team would listen to trade offers for
All-Star guards Wall and Beal, and talk of a nasty practice last week with Wall
yelling at coach Scott Brooks and being fined for disrespectful behavior.
"It happened. We talked about it, we moved on," Brooks said. "I'm not here to
throw anything in anybody's face."
Wall, Beal and Green each scored 10 in the fourth quarter as Washington
outscored Los Angeles 39-23 to pull out the win.
"We've still got a lot of stuff to fix," Beal said. "I'm still not happy. I
know everybody's not happy with where we are."
The Wizards cut the Clippers lead to 95-86 after three quarters and took a
115-113 lead on Wall's layup with 2:33 to play.
Tobias Harris scored a season-high 29 points, Montrezl Harrell had 20, and Lou
Williams and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander each added 17 for the Clippers, who had
won five straight. Williams was ejected with 34.5 seconds to play.
"You have a team, you can see they're wounded, and I really thought we had a
chance to be up 30 at halftime," Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said. "And you
can just see it we kind of got the lead, kind of turned down the energy."
Clippers: C Luc Mbah a Moute missed his 12th straight game with a sore left
knee. ... Rivers said it wasn't a problem to face his son, Austin, who was
traded from Los Angeles to Washington in the offseason. "We should have that
one down tonight," Rivers said. "If we mess that one up, I'm going to go off on
the whole team." The Clippers held Austin Rivers to two points. ... G Tyrone
Wallace left the court after a violent collision with Beal late in the third
quarter. Wallace held a towel over his left eye as he departed, but Rivers said
he had tested negatively for a concussion.
Wizards: C Dwight Howard was out with a glute injury. Howard missed the
season's first seven games with the injury. Thomas Bryant received his first
NBA start and scored seven points in 19 minutes. ... F Kelly Oubre, Jr. started
in place of Markieff Morris. It was the first time Morris came off the bench
since Feb. 28, 2016. Oubre committed five fouls in 12 minutes.
Williams, who Rivers said was subpar because of illness was ejected after being
assessed a technical foul. Generally, two technical warrant ejection.
"I felt like we were playing through a lot of contact and I didn't think that
Washington was playing through a lot of contact, and I wanted a real answer why
that was," Williams said.
Brooks defended Wall from talk that he was soft and slow.
"John, he's been taking hits," Brooks said. "You hear all the reports, he's
heavy. He has seven percent body fat.He hasn't played well. None of us have."
Brooks said that Wall suffered a bruised thigh in the season's second game, and
played through it for several games. "He didn't say one word, and I wasn't
going to say it," Brooks said.
Wall had little to say about the tenor of the team after the game.
"It's cool," he said. "It's a good start."
Clippers: Host Memphis on Friday.
Wizards: Visit Toronto on Friday.
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