It may have taken 10 minutes of extra basketball, but Blake Griffin finally earned that elusive first-career triple-double.
After getting close on several occasions, Griffin was able to get over the hump, scoring 33 points with 17 rebounds and 10 assists in a season-high 51 minutes on the floor.
One night after the L.A. Lakers and Phoenix Suns played a triple-overtime thriller at Staples Center, the Clippers and Wizards weren’t to be outdone.
Randy Foye could have helped put the game on ice for Los Angeles at the end of regulation, but missed one of two free throws with 19 seconds to go that gave the Wizards an opportunity.
Rookie John Wall took advantage for the Wizards, and he hit a relatively easy running jumper in the lane with 14 seconds to go that tied it up.
Washington (1-33 on the road) then appeared to have the Clippers on the ropes at several points during the final minutes of the first overtime period, and it took an Eric Gordon desperation three-pointer with one second remaining to force the second extra session.
Turnovers, as has been the case all too often this season, nearly killed the Clippers. They rank second-to-last in the league in turnovers per game, and their 25 giveaways led to 31 Wizards points.
Wall led Washington with 32 points and 10 assists in 53 minutes. Three Wizards played over 50 minutes (Wall, JaVale McGee, Jordan Crawford), and each finished with over 20 points and a double-double.
Mo Williams came up big down the stretch for the Clippers, scoring 15 of his 17 points following halftime. He also added 10 assists for his second double-double in 12 games since joining L.A.
The Wizards played what was likely their closest game of the season just one night removed from their worst loss-a 34-point drubbing at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday evening.
Former All-Star Chris Kaman filled in for DeAndre Jordan (out with pneumonia) for the second straight game, and contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Griffin’s Clippers won both games with Wall’s Wizards in the matchup of the last two No. 1 overall draft picks, and improved to 12-17 against Eastern Conference opponents.
Washington will travel to Denver to take on the surging Nuggets Friday night, while the Clippers will play road team against the Lakers at Staples Center.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.