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Bradley Beal had a season high 29 points and John Wall made key defensive plays down the stretch to help put an end to the Los Angeles Clippers 9 game winning streak, beating the Clippers 104-96 in Washington D.C. on Friday.
Chris Paul struggled holding on to the ball, committing a season high 6 turnovers to go with just 6 assists. Paul did lead the team in scoring with 19 points and also grabbed 7 rebounds but he was most disappointed with the turnovers on the night.
“I pride myself on (not turning the ball over), making right decisions, passing the ball, ball-handling,” Paul said. “I don’t let no one steal it from me. Tonight I was just all over the place.”
It was a down night for every Clippers player. Griffin who came in as the 5th leading scorer in the NBA finished with only 14 points and a paltry 2 rebounds.
DeAndre Jordan had been owning the boards and protecting the rim much like he did last season, but not on Friday, finishing with 8 rebounds and 1 block in a foul plagued night.
The downfall for the Clips was their defense, allowing the Wizards to shoot 48.8 percent from the field and 56.6 percent from behind the arc. As a team was 9 for 16 from 3 including Beal’s 4 for 7.
The Clippers were never closer than 8 points in the 2nd half and never led in the game.
The Clippers are 1-1 on their current road trip and play the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday to complete their 3 game road trip.