Clippers Vs. Wizards: Blake Griffin Scores 26, Clippers Win In Rout, 122-101

Blake Griffin scored 26 first-half points as the Clippers easily defeated the Wizards, 122-101.

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Clippers Vs. Wizards: Blake Griffin Leads Clippers To 122-101 Win

The Los Angeles Clippers routed the Washington Wizards, 122-101, sending the Wizards to their third blowout defeat in six games. Blake Griffin scored all 26 of his points in the first half, and Eric Bledsoe added 23 points off the bench to lead the Clippers to victory.

Washington cut the Clippers' lead to four points early in the third quarter, but the Clippers ended the quarter on a 20-6 run to maintain complete control once again.

John Wall had 25 points, but nobody else bothered to show up. Jordan Crawford added 16 points off the bench, but he shot 4-16 from the field in 21 minutes. JaVale McGee was 6-7 for 12 points, but got beat up on the boards and was taken out for good in the fourth quarter when he stood still as Bledsoe ran by him in the open court. 

The Wizards are now 0-10 in games Andray Blatche does not play, which is a strange stat that probably speaks to the overall lack of talent on the team.

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Clippers Vs. Wizards: Los Angeles Takes 91-73 Lead After Third Quarter

The Washington Wizards held Blake Griffin to zero points in the third quarter. Great, right? Not exactly. As it turns out, the rest of the Clippers have hurt the Wizards. Led by Mo Williams, the Clippers have a 91-73 lead after three quarters.

The Wizards made a rally to get back to within four points, but they could not get over the hump and ended up letting the game get away from them. The Clippers outscored the Wizards 20-6 to end the quarter, running a layup line around the rim. Los Angeles has gotten out in transition and converted those opportunities into dunks and layups, as the Wizards stood and watched. 

Griffin leads the Clippers with 26 points, while Williams has 22, 11 in the third quarter. John Wall has 25 points, but has already taken 21 shots through three quarters, which is most definitely way too many shot attempts.

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Clippers Vs. Wizards: Clippers Lead 64-55 At Halftime As Blake Griffin Has 26 Points

The Washington Wizards aren't quite having their best night of basketball, but a decent second quarter has the Wizards down only nine points at halftime to Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The highlight of the quarter was a half-court alley opp from John Wall to JaVale McGee, who slammed the ball down over Griffin. It was as if the 2011 slam dunk contest runner-up was channeling the slam dunk contest champion himself.

Wall is leading the Wizards with 19 points in 21 minutes, while Jordan Crawford as 12 points off the bench. The Wizards have yet to find an answer though for Griffin, who has 26 points to lead all scorers.

The Clippers have attempted 28 free throws in the first as a team, double the number attempted by the Wizards. If Washington is going to come back in this game at home, they're going to need to do a better job of limiting the Clippers' chances.

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Clippers Vs. Wizards: Blake Griffin Has 16 Points, Clippers Lead 38-27

Blake Griffin has been incredibly productive for the Los Angeles Clippers in the first quarter against the Washington Wizards. Griffin already has 16 points, as the Clippers lead 38-27 after one.

 

Griffin has all of his points without even having one slam dunk. He's shown a nice bank shot and has been able to get to the free-throw line nine times. This kind of hyper-efficiency is something Griffin isn't necessarily known for, but this is what happens when Yi Jianlian spends a lot of time guarding you. Griffin actually objected to Yi slamming him in the face on one play, but that's all Yi's been able to do to stop him.

The Wizards, meanwhile, haven't been able to throw the ball into the basket at all. They are shooting just X percent from the field, and as weird as it may sound, they clearly miss Andray Blatche. John Wall is keeping the Wizards in it with 12 points, including a nice drive at the end. 

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Clippers Vs. Wizards: Blake Griffin, John Wall Square Off In Washington D.C.

Blake Griffin will make his only visit to the Verizon Center on Saturday night when his Los Angeles Clippers take on John Wall and the Washington Wizards at 7 p.m. Griffin added four more dunks to his ever-growing total Friday night, and continues to have a tremendous season that will probably win him Rookie of the Year.

The Clippers in general are a team trending upward, having won four games in a row prior to Friday's overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets. Newcomer Mo Williams has stepped in well at point guard, and former Wizard Randy Foye has played well at shooting guard after another injury to Eric Gordon. The Wizards, meanwhile, last played on Wednesday, when they were blown out at home by the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Wizards remain banged-up, with Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis and Josh Howard all injured and potentially not in the lineup. It remains to be seen how Flip Saunders chooses to allocate minutes in this one. Perhaps we may see a return of the five-rookie lineup that shared the court in the second quarter on Wednesday.

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