Clippers Hand Game Over To Wizards

It’s hard to win game when the other team gets a lot more chances to score than you.

Thanks to 25 Clipper turnovers, the Wizards took 16 more shots from the field and had 13 more free throws than the Clippers. The result was a 106-94 loss for the Clippers to the Washington Wizards.

The teams entered the game with a combined record of 19-73, and the game lived down to expectations. Los Angeles committed a season-high 25 turnovers, 10 in the first quarter alone.

"If you look at the stat sheet, it tells the story: 25 turnovers," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.

"Bad decisions," Dunleavy said. "We were not connected."

The Wizards ended a lackluster first half on a 12-2 run, culminating in an exciting final 4.9 seconds. Young, who scored seven points during the run, drove past three Clippers and dunked the ball, and Los Angeles' Eric Gordon scored on a layup with 0.9 seconds remaining. Mike James responded with a 3-pointer at the horn to give Washington its largest lead, 58-47.

Young had 13 points in nine minutes in the half.

The Clippers cut a 13-point to lead to two when Ricky Davis hit a 3-pointer with a minute to play in the third. Gordon had 13 points in the quarter, but Young hit two free throws to start the Wizards on an 11-0 run that gave them an 88-75 lead with 9:13 to play.

Gordon led Los Angeles with 25 points.

Maybe the only good news for the Clippers is that Zack Randolph, who's been out since Dec. 22 with a bruised left knee is nearing a return.

"That will be a positive when it happens, probably in the next week or so,” Dunleavy said.

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