Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers and Wizards were without respective – and injured – leading scorers Blake Griffin and Bradley Beal on Monday night in Washington. Apparently, the Wizards missed Beal more than the Clippers missed Griffin because the Clippers emerged with an impressive 108-91 victory.
The Clippers (19-13) led by as many as 26 points (106-80) with 4:15 to play.
Chris Paul led the Clippers with 23 points. He also had five rebounds and seven assists. Struggling Jamal Crawford came through with 21 points and shot 9 of 12 – 3 of 5 from 3-point range – off the bench. DeAndre Jordan scored 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. And reserves Wesley Johnson and Cole Aldrich scored 14 and 13, respectively, as the bench came through with 54 points, half of the overall total. With Griffin out, Paul Pierce started and scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds in 17 minutes.
The Clippers shot 52.6 percent, 30.4 percent (7 of 23) from 3-point range.
John Wall led Washington with 23 points and 11 assists. The Wizards (14-15) had won four in a row.
The Clippers have won three consecutive games.