Home, road, wherever.
It doesn't really seem to matter where the Clippers are playing these days as they continue to roll along toward the All-Star break.
They returned home from the best Grammy trip in franchise history to sustain the good vibes, a 110-103 victory over the
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Crawford made a 29-foot jumper to end the first quarter and topped it with a 33-footer with the shot clock running out late in the third quarter. He later made a 22-footer while falling down and finished with 21 points, his eighth game in a row with at least 19 points.
Not everything was perfect for the Clippers. Washington rallied from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter because of some shaky defense and a flurry of Clippers turnovers that resulted in repeated fastbreak baskets.
The Wizards pulled to within 100-99 on a layup by
"I don't think there should be a rule change because it's like the intentional walk," Rivers said of the so-called hack-a-whoever strategy. "I just think the more you make, the less they'll foul. … I just think every time [Jordan] makes a few like this, it's a good thing."
Among his array of moves, Griffin had a spinning layup and leaped from the middle of the paint for a one-handed dunk. Griffin also picked up his 11th technical foul of the season, tying him with Sacramento's
Crawford got the Clippers rolling after a sluggish start.
The Wizards had some success intentionally fouling Jordan late in the first half. He missed two free throws and then glared at a fan who had heckled him over the misses after being hacked on a clear-path foul. Jordan redeemed himself by stepping to the line and making the next two free throws, triggering cheers from his critic.
"When he goes to the line in those situations, he's got to be confident and do what you do in practice," Griffin said. "He was big tonight."
The Clippers departed for Oakland afterward for another game Thursday against Golden State, concluding what Rivers called "a nine-game road trip" because the journey up the California coast came so close to the Wizards game and their recently completed seven-game trip.
The trails continued to be almost entirely happy ones.