Once again it was the combination of guard Bradley Beal and point guard Russell Westbrook that opened the way for the Washington Wizards to a 119-117 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, who suffered the third consecutive loss.
Beal was in charge of being the leading scorer with 33 points, including 14 points from 15 personnel shots, in addition to capturing seven rebounds, giving three assists and recovering two balls.
While Westbrook approached the triple-double again after contributing 27 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and recovering four balls.
Westbrook outpointed Walt Bellamy for 42nd on the NBA‘s all-time scorers list with a jump shot in the second quarter. Westbrook now has 20,959 points.
Four other Wizards players also finished with double-digit numbers, including German center Moritz Wagner, who scored 12 points and Brazilian point guard Raúl Neto, who came out of reserve and added 11 points, the same as Latvian power forward Davis. Bertans.
Neto, who played 24 minutes as a reserve, made 5 of 10 shots from the field, including the only triple he tried. He also caught a rebound, gave an assist, recovered a ball, lost another and committed a personal foul.
The victory allowed the Wizards (14-20) to get back on the winning track and pursue their goal of being in the playoffs when the regular season concludes.
Washington won eight of 11 heading into the All-Star break.
While the Los Angeles Clippers (24-14), who lost three consecutive games so far this season for the first time, fell four games away from first place in the Western Conference, which is occupied by Utah Jazz (27-9), and had a day Rest.
Although the Clippers had the return of starting forward Kawhi Leonard, who finished as the team leader with 22 points, they were left without the other star forward, Paul George, who felt ill before the game.
Again, the Clippers failed on deciding points and concluded a five-game road trip with a losing record of 1-4.
Point guard Patrick Beverley with 17 points – three triples from five attempts – finished as the second highest scorer on a list of seven players with double-digit numbers, including four reserves.
One of them was Croatian center Ivica Zubac, who finished as the best of the Los Angeles Clippers in the inside game with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
Quite the opposite of what happened with the Spanish Congolese center Serge Ibaka, who played 18 minutes and went without points after missing both field goals he made, including a 3-point attempt.
Ibaka was better in the inside game with five rebounds – four defenses -, gave three assists and committed a personal foul.