Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 3/12

Game 1: Saturday, March 12th
Clippers122Final
Wizards101
Game 2: Wednesday, March 23rd
Wizards119Final
2OT
Clippers127

Wizards 119

(17-53, 1-33 away)

Clippers 127

(28-44, 20-17 home)

Coverage: FSW2

10:30 PM ET, March 23, 2011

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
WSH 21 28 28 25 11 6119
LAC 33 25 17 27 11 14127

Top Performers

Washington: J. Wall 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Los Angeles: B. Griffin 33 Pts, 17 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Blake Griffin's triple-double powers Clippers past Wizards in 2OT

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- One night after Staples Center hosted its first triple-overtime matchup in the arena's 12-year history, the Clippers and Washington Wizards apparently caught the bug.

Blake Griffin posted his first career triple-double and Eric Gordon scored 32 points to help the Clippers beat the Wizards 127-119 in double OT on Wednesday night.

"It means a lot, but the best part about it was getting the win," Griffin said after finishing with 33 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in a career-high 51 1/2 minutes.

"It's always great to keep your teammates involved and keep them going, but you also have to give credit to these guys for hitting shots. It was pretty draining. We just needed to tough it out."

As a footnote to his first triple-double, Griffin also got his 55th double-double -- tying the Clippers' single-season record that Elton Brand set in 2001-02.

Mo Williams added 17 points and 10 assists after getting only two points through the first three quarters, and Randy Foye hit a clinching 3-pointer in the final minute.

"We showed some pretty good resiliency in the way we gutted it out and made some plays down the stretch," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Nothing is easy in this league, and we battled through it."

Chris Kaman, starting in place of the injured DeAndre Jordan, had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who won their first overtime game this season in five tries.

But it shouldn't have come to those extra 10 minutes. Los Angeles committed 25 turnovers, which the Wizards converted into 31 points.

"It was our carelessness," said Gordon, who had all five of his turnovers in the first overtime period. "We probably just moved a little too fast and that gave us fewer opportunities to score."

Wizards guard John Wall tied it at 102 with a running floater over the outstretched arm of the 7-foot Kaman with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and Griffin missed a 3-point attempt at the other end with a second on the clock.

Gordon sent it into a second OT for the Clippers with a 3-pointer out of a timeout with 1.9 seconds left in the first overtime.

Wall led Washington with 32 points and 10 assists, and Jordan Crawford had 25 points on 10-for-28 shooting after missing his first seven shots. JaVale McGee added 22 points and 13 rebounds.

"It's tough to lose this game. We did everything we had to do," Wall said. "We fought hard, but down the stretch I missed a free throw that could have put us up by four and they just got the stops they needed. We didn't close it out."

Washington is 1-33 on the road -- the only victory coming against league-worst Cleveland on Feb. 13. The Wizards have seven chances left to avoid tying the worst road record for a regulation season in NBA history, set by the 1-40 Sacramento Kings in 1990-91.

"They're hurting in there, and they should be," coach Flip Saunders said. "You get beat by 34 last night in Portland, you have a back-to-back, you get in late, and our guys still came out and competed. We played a lot of young guys, and our backcourt found a way to keep us in the game."

In a matchup of the No. 1 overall picks from the 2009 and 2010 drafts -- and the top two scorers this season among rookies -- Griffin made 14 of 19 shots and Wall was 12-of-26. Wall's only triple-double was on Nov. 10 against Houston.

The Wizards trailed by as many as 12 points after one quarter and didn't take their first lead until Crawford's 3-pointer put them ahead 69-68 with 3:01 left in the third.

Game notes


Jordan missed his second straight game with pneumonia. ... The Clippers have to go no worse than 6-5 the rest of the way to avoid reaching the 50-loss mark for the fourth straight season and 22nd time in the past 30 years, including their final three in San Diego. ... Eight rookies played in the game, five for Washington. ... The Wizards have lost the past 13 games in which they allowed 30 or more points by an opposing player. ... Griffin came within one assist of a triple-double on March 5 against Denver, and was within two assists on two other occasions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
LAC
Points 119 127
FGM-FGA 49-102 (.480) 46-93 (.495)
3PM-3PA 3-13 (.231) 9-26 (.346)
FTM-FTA 18-25 (.720) 26-33 (.788)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-43 13-45
Assists 29 36
Turnovers 19 25
Steals 12 7
Blocks 6 7
Fast Break Points 19 20
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 12

Top Performers

Washington
Los Angeles
John Wall Wall
Points: 32
Reb: 5
Ast: 10
Stl: 1
Blk: 1
Blake Griffin Griffin
Points: 33
Reb: 17
Ast: 10
Stl: 1
Blk: 1

Research Notes

Wall and Crawford are the first pair of teammates to reach 25 points and 10 assists in a loss since Michael Finley and Elliot Perry in a Suns loss to the Mavericks on January 12, 1996. One more cool note about that game.... Jason Kidd had 33 points, 16 assists, and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, just his 5th career triple-double. Kidd currently leads all active players with 107 triple-doubles. Next is LeBron James with 31.
In the last 15 seasons, there had not been multiple-OT games played in the same arena on consecutive days until tonight. The Lakers and Clippers game close in 1997. On January 18, 2007 the Lakers lost to the Pistons 100-97 at home in double OT. The next day, the Clippers lost at home 107-102 to the Cavaliers. So what's the problem? The Clippers and Lakers didn't share a building. The Lakers played at the Great Western Forum while the Clippers played their home games at Sports Arena.
This is the 2nd time this season there have been games go to at least two overtimes in consecutive days and the Clippers have now been a part of both instances. On November 5th, the Suns beat the Grizzlies 123-118 in double OT. A day later, the Clippers lost to the Jazz 109-107 in double OT.

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