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Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin had his first triple-double with 33 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers survived to earn a 127-119 victory over the Washington Wizards in double overtime.
Eric Gordon had 32 points, including a three-pointer that forced the second overtime, while Chris Kaman added 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who had dropped three of four coming into the game.
John Wall totaled 32 points, 10 assists and five boards, Jordan Crawford had 25 points, 10 helpers and seven rebounds while JaVale McGee added 22 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Wizards, who have dropped two straight and eight of nine.
With Los Angeles holding a three-point lead in the second overtime, Gordon missed a three-pointer, but Jamario Moon came up with the offensive board and Randy Foye made a wide-open look from long range for a 125-119 lead with 46.1 seconds to play, all but sealing the win.
A 9-0 run in the first quarter coupled with the final four points of the frame allowed the Clippers to take a 33-21 lead into the second. Washington scored the next eight points on the way to trimming its deficit to 58-49 at halftime.
The Wizards had another run, surging ahead with 13 straight points in the third quarter which helped them take a 77-75 lead into the fourth.
The game was close over the final 12 minutes and Foye hit just one of two free throws with 19 seconds to play for a two-point Clippers lead. But Wall countered with a basket and Griffin's desperation three-ball at the buzzer hit nothing but air to send the game to overtime.
Coming off a timeout with 5.8 seconds to play in the first overtime and trailing by three, Gordon hit a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds on the clock to force the second overtime.
Washington plays at Denver on Friday...The Clippers will be the guest in a game against the Lakers on Friday...The Clippers have won five straight against the Wizards...Clippers are 1-4 in OT and Washington is 3-3.
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The Los Angeles Clippers look to close out their homestand with a win tonight against the hapless Washington Wizards at Staples Center. The Clippers are 19-17 at home this season, but they have won 12 of their last 16 wearing the home whites. They face a Wizards team that simply can't win away from home.
Washington is just 1-32 on the road this season, with their only win coming in Cleveland against the Cavaliers, who have the worst record in the NBA. The Wizards aren't much better, at 17-52, and dating back to last season they have lost 44 of their last 47 on the road. The Clippers crushed the Wizards in Washington 122-101 on March 12.
DeAndre Jordan is still out with pneumonia for the Clippers, who will start Chris Kaman in the pivot. Blake Griffin had 26 points and five rebounds in Washington earlier this month, but he has gone seven straight games without double-digit rebounds. Griffin, who has 54 double-doubles on the season, one shy of the Clippers' franchise record, is averaging 6.9 rebounds in the last seven games and is shooting just 41.8% from the field during that span.
Eric Gordon has scored 39 total points in the two games since his return from his right wrist injury. The Clippers have beaten Washington four straight times. Tonight's 7:30 p.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket.
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