Blake Griffin spearheads Clippers' 110-103 win over Wizards

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 Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Staples Center requiring some late resolve.

J.J. Redick scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and DeAndre Jordan made all four of his free throws in the final minutes after being intentionally fouled to help the Clippers win a fourth consecutive game.

"I'm going to ask Doc [Rivers] if I can shoot the techs from now on," joked Jordan, who made six of 10 free throws overall and finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin also displayed plenty of wow-inducing moves on the way to 29 points and super sub Jamal Crawford made a couple of shots from another area code.

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 Kevin Seraphin, but the Clippers' Darren Collison made a driving layup and a block by Jordan helped his team force a shot-clock violation. Jordan then made two pairs of free throws while being intentionally fouled over a 19-second span to help the Clippers (33-15) pull away.

"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."

Bradley Beal had 20 points for the Wizards (22-23), who could not complete a back-to-back sweep after beating Golden State on Tuesday.

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 DeMarcus Cousins for the most in the NBA.

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.

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