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Streaking Wizards face Clippers, aiming for L.A. sweep

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Washington Wizards at Los Angeles Clippers

  1. The Clippers won both meetings with the Wizards last season, scoring 285 points over the two games. The 142.5 points per game average from the two meetings last season is the most the Clippers have ever averaged against a team in a season.
  2. The Wizards overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to beat the Lakers in overtime on Monday, 127-124. It was Washington's largest second-half comeback on the road in over three years, since erasing an 18-point deficit to beat the Knicks on February 14, 2018.
  3. The comeback win in Los Angeles on Monday marked Washington's fifth straight victory, its longest winning streak since January-February 2018. It's been over four years since the Wizards won more than five straight games, last doing so on a seven-game run in January-February 2017.
  4. The Clippers have lost two of their last three games, following a defeat to Brooklyn on Sunday. Los Angeles is 8-1 following defeats this season and is 28-4 (.875) following losses since the start of last season, with both marks ranking first in the NBA.
  5. Paul George (34 points) and Kawhi Leonard (29 points) both scored over 25 points for the 15th time as teammates on Sunday against Brooklyn. Since moving west in 1978, only one pair of Clippers teammates has recorded more games in which each scored 25 points (Chris Paul and Blake Griffin -- 18 times).
  6. Bradley Beal scored 33 points in Washington's win on Monday. It was the 12th time he's scored at least 30 points in a road game, two more than any other player (Damian Lillard -- 10).

Los Angeles Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said his club got away from attacking the Brooklyn Nets in a disappointing 112-108 loss Sunday in a matchup of NBA contenders.

The Clippers will try to solve that problem Tuesday when they host the Washington Wizards, who are coming off a 127-124 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.

The Nets finished with a 60-38 edge on the Clippers in points in the paint.

"We settled for a lot of jump shots," Lue said. "We didn't get to the paint to make the next play or make the next pass for the other guy. And that hurt us, it made us stagnant. A lot of times they gave us the matchup that we wanted. ... We just weren't able to capitalize on it."

Former Clippers center DeAndre Jordan tipped in a miss by Kyrie Irving for a 110-108 Brooklyn lead with 11 seconds remaining.

The Clippers had a chance to tie the score, but Kawhi Leonard, who had 29 points with five 3-pointers and 13 rebounds, was whistled for an offensive foul with 8.1 seconds left when he appeared to nudge James Harden on a drive to the basket. Two free throws by Harden clinched Brooklyn's sixth straight victory and handed Los Angeles its second setback in seven games.

The Clippers also were unable to capitalize on the solid play of Paul George when it mattered most. George, who finished with a team-high 34 points, 12 of those in the fourth quarter, sat out the final 2:50.

Lue said George, who was playing his second game after missing seven with a toe injury, was still on a minutes restriction.

The Wizards extended their winning streak to five games by outplaying the Lakers in OT on Monday. It's Washington's longest streak in three years, and the Wizards prevailed in overtime for the first time since they beat the Phoenix Suns in triple OT on Dec. 22, 2018.

Bradley Beal had 33 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals and Russell Westbrook added 32 points, 14 boards and nine assists for the Wizards, who rallied from a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to prevail.

Beal missed an attempt at a game-winning jumper at the end of regulation but converted a floater with 42.4 seconds remaining in overtime that put Washington up by four.

Rui Hachimura had 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting for the Wizards while Robin Lopez scored 13.

"It's all about our defense and our effort and everybody just being on the same page accepting the challenge," Beal told NBC Sports Washington. "We know who they are, they're the defending champions. We respect that, but we've been playing really good basketball the last couple of games. It doesn't matter who's on the other side."

The Wizards outscored the Lakers 78-61 in the second half and overtime. They trailed 70-53 early in the third before outscoring the Lakers 27-16 for the rest of the quarter to slice the margin to six entering the fourth quarter.

In overtime, Westbrook's bucket with 3:27 left gave Washington the lead for good.

"We were terrible in the first half," Beal said. "We did a lot better job in the second half of coming out and giving ... energy, getting stops, limiting their second-chance points and executing on the offensive end."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 23, 2021

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