Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
As I said a few weeks back, there is the tail of the first half and the second half of a game with the Wizards… Tonight was just that. Stay close for the first part, go into the locker room and come back and fall behind again. Makes all of those three pointers by Davis Bertans a distant memory when you fall behind by 11 points in the first minutes after the half.
Again we can mention the refs and the lack of calls for Bradley Beal late in the game, but they need to find a healthy mix of ways to stop runs by star players later in the game. It was just too much Leonard, Harrell and Paul George tonight.
Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and 11 rebounds as the Clippers bounced back from their worst loss of the season by pulling away for a 135-119 win over the Wizards on Sunday night.
Paul George scored 27 points and Montrezl Harrell had nine of his 20 in the fourth quarter for Los Angeles, which improved to 4-6 away from home two games into their six-game trip.
The solid play from guys like Ish Smith working hard to the basket in the fourth quarter was definately met with a few hot heads after Smith was wacked hard under the basket early in the foruth and Bertans later.
“When Ish gets a tech, I know something’s going on,” said Wizards coach Scott Brooks, who received the other Wizards technical. “That guy’s is the nicest guy on the planet. He gets a technical by just telling a referee to call it the same on the other end. But we’ve got to play through it.”
The exclamation point on the game tonight is when the Clippers went on a 22-10 run that included a thunderous dunk by Harrell that had people in the stands in awe.