Wizards’ upset bid falls short against Blake Griffin, Clippers

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The Wizards are a league-worst 2-17 on the road. They haven’t won consecutive games on the same road trip since last Feb. 12-14, when they beat Detroit by 21 points and Portland by 15 before losing to the Clippers the following night at Staples Center.

“They’re a good team despite their record. I mean, going into Denver last night and getting a win is not an easy thing to do,” Matt Barnes said. “They’ve got a lot of talent, they just haven’t figured out how to put it together.”

Los Angeles missed 11 of its first 14 shots in the fourth quarter before Paul hit a 3-pointer that gave it an 85-80 lead with 3:14 to play.

Bradley Beal hit a 3-pointer at the other end and Wall made one of two free throws to cut the Clippers’ margin to 85-84 with 2 minutes remaining. But Griffin hit a pair of free throws, then converted his offensive rebound of Paul’s missed jumper into a reverse layup for an 89-86 advantage. Paul helped clinch it with a 17-footer and two free throws in the final 33 seconds.

 

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