Wizards rally back against Clippers to snap losing streak
The Washington Wizards seemed done. And then they weren’t.
Hours after insisting they had moved on from last week’s confrontational practice, the Wizards rallied back Tuesday for a 125-118 win against the Los Angeles Clippers. Washington trailed by 19 points at halftime and by as many as 24 but shot 51 percent in the second half to snap a two-game losing streak.
Stars John Wall and Bradley Beal had 30 and 27 points, respectively.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks altered Washington’s starting lineup for Tuesday’s matchup. With Dwight Howard (gluteal) out, the coach started reserve center Thomas Bryant instead of Ian Mahinmi. He also swapped Markieff Morris for sparkplug Kelly Oubre.
“Our record kind of says that we have to see what we can do differently,” Brooks said before the game.
Initially, the changes didn’t have the effect Brooks wanted. Instead, the Clippers easily had their way with the Wizards in the first, ending the quarter with a 40-21 lead. The Clippers’ lead remained steady in the second with Washington trailing 73-54 at halftime.
Washington’s defense was nonexistent as the Clippers went into the locker room having made 58 percent of their baskets.
But the Wizards looked like a different team in the second half. Ball movement was much better and Washington was able to get to the rim.
There weren’t many fans at Capital One Arena, but those who showed up for the Wizards’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers made sure to boo loudly in the first half. One season-ticket holder, Jim Nagle, even went as far to watch portions of the game with a paper bag cut with holes for eyes and a frown-shaped mouth over his head.
By the end of the game, the sparse crowd stood and cheered. Nagle had taken the bag off.