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The Wizards almost overcame the loss of three starters to pull out a victory, but they scored just 29 points in the second half and failed to convert a field goal in the last four minutes.
Paul Pierce scored 26 points, including seven straight in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Utah Jazz 110-107 on Monday night to close out a five-game road trip.
For the first 40 minutes Wednesday night Washington looked uninspired against a Utah squad that had won seven of its previous nine. But instead of giving up after trailing by 22 points in the first half and 15 entering the fourth quarter, Washington fought back within two on Kevin Seraphin's jumper with 6:57 left.
The Los Angeles Clippers already have a December to remember. Sunday they can close it out in perfect fashion against a familiar foe — the same Utah team they rallied to beat 116-114 Friday night to earn their 16th straight win.
President and general manager Ernie Grunfeld will continue in his position with the Washington Wizards for at least one more season. Terms were not disclosed.
Blake Griffin had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Caron Butler added 21 points and Randy Foye scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter against his former team, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 102-84 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.