On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Clippers were seeking an eight-game win streak in their game against the San Antonio Spurs. Unfortunately, the Clippers fell short to the Spurs and closed out their three-game road trip with a loss, 107-97. This was the first time that the team’s dynamic duo Kawhi Leonard and Paul George lost together since they first shared the floor against the Boston Celtics.
The Clippers were back at home tonight and defeated the Washington Wizards in a blowout game, 150-125. At the end of the game, Clippers’ superstar Kawhi Leonard went up for a one-hand jam against two defenders. Leonard ended the game with 34 points, three assists and six boards.
Clippers vs Wizards Game Recap
To start the game, George came out hot for the Clippers, knocking down his first attempt (3-pointer) of the game. He tallied five points early on, which was his final point total in the game against the Spurs. At the first timeout, Leonard already had eight points and George had five, edging the Clippers ahead, 15-12. George kept pouring them in, ending the first quarter with 15 points and three boards. The Clippers led the Wizards before the second quarter, 39-35.
The Clippers continued to show their dominance gaining a 16-point lead, 65-45. With just 4:53 left in the first half, JaMychal Green took a hard fall under the hoop but got back up and rang in both free throws. George kept up the heat and scored another three to get himself up to 21 points with only 13 minutes of action. The Clippers ended the half on top, 82-57. According to Tomer Azarly of Clutchpoints, this was the fifth time in franchise history that the Clippers scored 80-plus. points in the first half. George closed the half with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting.
The Clippers didn’t slow down heading into the third quarter. The Wizards finally started to answer back with about four minutes left in the third, trimming down the Clippers’ biggest lead of the game from 27 down to just 13. The Clippers responded to grab an 18-point lead, resulting in a 116-98 lead to end the third quarter. George remained the highest scorer on the Clippers end with 29 points, seven rebounds and one assist.
The last minutes of the game were ugly as the Clippers pushed ahead to a 32-point lead, 143-111. The Wizards couldn’t stop the Clippers who ultimately went on to a 150-125 victory. George ended the game with 31 points, one assist and eight boards. Montrezl Harrell rang in 23 points, one assist and 15 boards, becoming the first Clipper in franchise history to have 20+ points and 15+ rebounds coming off of the bench, according to Clippers reporter Mirjam Swanson.
The Clippers are now 12-1 at home, a franchise-best. They took their only loss at home against the Milwaukee Bucks (129-124), without either of their superstars PG-13 or the Klaw. They now hold a 15-6 record and sit in third in the Western Conference. The Clippers will now host the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT.