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Wizards hold on to beat Clippers 100-91

WASHINGTON (AP) For the second time in a week Mike Scott was almost perfect. Both times it happened against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Scott tied a season-high with 22 points while Bradley Beal added 20 as the Washington Wizards held off the Clippers 100-91 on Friday night.

''He loves to play against the Clippers, I know that,'' Wizards coach Scott Brooks joked after Scott went a combined 18 for 23 from the field as Washington split two games with the Clippers over the last seven days.

Scott scored 10 points in the third quarter, hitting four of his five shots from the field. Scott, who averages 8.4 points per game, has made 34 of 43 shots over the last six games for the Wizards.

''Just in a zone,'' Scott said when trying to explain his recent shooting surge.

''I didn't think I'd be shooting like this either.''

John Wall scored 15 points on just 5-for-16 shooting in his second game back after a nine-game absence but scored seven points as the Wizards closed the game on an 18-9 run after Los Angeles had come back to tie the game at 82 on a 3-pointer by Lou Williams.

''He made big plays for us down the stretch,'' Brooks said about Wall. ''He's a gamer, he's a closer.''

For Wall and the Wizards, the scene of blowing a large lead against a team under .500 was almost all too familiar.

''We always show these lapses,'' Wall said after the Wizards built up double-digit leads in all four quarters only to once again wait until the end to seal the victory. Washington is 8-8 against teams under .500 including home losses to the Mavericks and Suns.

Williams led the Clippers with 23 points while rookie Jawun Evans had a career-high 15 points as Los Angeles had a three-game winning streak snapped.

DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 16 rebounds.

''That's all you can ask,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said about his team's ability to come all the way back from 18 down to tie things up in the fourth quarter despite missing multiple starters. ''We're just going to try to stay in games and steal them at the end. That's what we tried to do tonight.''

The Clippers are 0-8 when trailing after the third quarter on the road and just 2-13 overall.

Otto Porter Jr. left the game with 8:56 remaining in the first half after picking up two fouls. A few minutes later Porter went to the locker room with a trainer and missed the rest of the game with a right thigh bruise, finishing with a season-low 3 minutes and two points. Brooks said Porter is day-to-day.

Los Angeles erased the majority of an 18-point deficit to pull within 48-43 at the half.

TIP-INS

Clippers: G Milos Teodosic was out with a minutes restriction from an earlier plantar fascia injury while G Austin Rivers was out in the concussion protocol. ... Doc Rivers used his 11th different starting lineup in 27 games.

Wizards: F Markieff Morris returned to the starting lineup after missing Wednesday's win over Memphis with right hip soreness. ... Wall missed his first two free throws after going 0 for 4 from the line against Memphis and finished 3 for 5.

NO DUNKING

In an effort to keep Wall healthy, Brooks has instituted a no dunking policy during practice for the four-time All-Star even though he admitted it will be hard to enforce.

Upon hearing the rule during pre-game Doc Rivers joked: ''Well, Scotty's used to that because he had that policy for his whole career as a player.''

Wall didn't have a dunk against the Clippers.

UP NEXT

Clippers: Los Angeles continues its four-game trip at Miami on Saturday. The Clippers lost to the Heat 104-101 on Nov. 5.

Wizards: Washington hosts LeBron James and Cleveland on Sunday. The Wizards lost to the Cavaliers 130-122 on Nov. 3.

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Key Players
L. Williams
23 SG
B. Beal
3 SG
35.1 Min. Per Game 35.1
23.8 Pts. Per Game 23.8
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
3.9 Reb. Per Game 3.9
44.9 Field Goal % 45.5
45.0 Three Point % 45.2
89.5 Free Throw % 78.9
+ 2 Sam Dekker made layup, assist by Jawun Evans 0:21
  Defensive rebound by Jawun Evans 0:26
  John Wall missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:26
  Offensive rebound by Chris McCullough 0:29
  Kelly Oubre missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:33
+ 2 Brice Johnson made layup, assist by Jawun Evans 0:55
  Defensive rebound by Brice Johnson 1:07
  John Wall missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:07
+ 1 John Wall made 1st of 2 free throws 1:07
  Personal foul on C.J. Williams 1:07
  Defensive rebound by John Wall 1:16
Team Stats
Points 91 100
Field Goals 33-85 (38.8%) 39-88 (44.3%)
3-Pointers 7-24 (29.2%) 7-31 (22.6%)
Free Throws 18-29 (62.1%) 15-23 (65.2%)
Total Rebounds 60 60
Offensive 12 11
Defensive 35 38
Team 13 11
Assists 17 21
Steals 12 13
Blocks 6 7
Turnovers 21 19
Fouls 20 26
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
20 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Clippers 11-16 1825212791
home team logo Wizards 16-13 25232725100
Team Stats
away team logo Clippers 11-16 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Wizards 16-13 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
Key Players
L. Williams SG 22.6 PPG 2.5 RPG 5.3 APG 43.5 FG%
M. Scott PF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
L. Williams SG 23 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
M. Scott PF 22 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
38.8 FG% 44.3
29.2 3PT FG% 22.6
62.1 FT% 65.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 32 23 5 4 1 0 4 0 5/14 3/8 10/10 1 4 33 -20
D. Jordan 33 12 16 1 1 1 3 2 5/11 0/0 2/7 6 10 29 -23
J. Wilson 22 10 2 2 0 3 2 4 4/10 1/4 1/2 0 2 17 -8
S. Thornwell 19 5 2 1 1 0 2 2 1/3 0/1 3/4 0 2 8 -5
W. Johnson 19 3 5 1 1 1 2 1 1/7 0/3 1/2 0 5 10 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 32 23 5 4 1 0 4 0 5/14 3/8 10/10 1 4 33 -20
D. Jordan 33 12 16 1 1 1 3 2 5/11 0/0 2/7 6 10 29 -23
J. Wilson 22 10 2 2 0 3 2 4 4/10 1/4 1/2 0 2 17 -8
S. Thornwell 19 5 2 1 1 0 2 2 1/3 0/1 3/4 0 2 8 -5
W. Johnson 19 3 5 1 1 1 2 1 1/7 0/3 1/2 0 5 10 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Evans 40 15 6 6 5 0 2 4 7/18 1/3 0/0 1 5 36 -9
C. Williams 26 10 3 1 1 1 1 5 4/9 2/3 0/0 2 1 16 -2
S. Dekker 21 6 3 0 0 0 1 1 3/7 0/2 0/0 0 3 8 +7
M. Harrell 15 5 3 1 1 0 2 0 2/4 0/0 1/2 2 1 9 +11
B. Johnson 5 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 +12
W. Reed 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/2 0 0 -1 -5
D. Gallinari - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Beverley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Rivers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 91 47 17 12 6 21 20 33/85 7/24 18/29 12 35 169 -45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 36 20 11 4 2 1 1 3 9/18 2/6 0/0 2 9 41 +13
J. Wall 29 15 6 5 2 2 5 3 5/16 1/6 4/7 0 6 30 +4
M. Gortat 27 9 6 1 2 1 0 3 3/6 0/0 3/5 1 5 20 +11
M. Morris 21 8 2 4 3 0 2 4 4/9 0/1 0/0 1 1 19 +2
O. Porter 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 0 3 +1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 36 20 11 4 2 1 1 3 9/18 2/6 0/0 2 9 41 +13
J. Wall 29 15 6 5 2 2 5 3 5/16 1/6 4/7 0 6 30 +4
M. Gortat 27 9 6 1 2 1 0 3 3/6 0/0 3/5 1 5 20 +11
M. Morris 21 8 2 4 3 0 2 4 4/9 0/1 0/0 1 1 19 +2
O. Porter 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 0 3 +1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Scott 23 22 4 0 2 0 4 2 9/10 2/3 2/4 2 2 24 +18
T. Satoransky 19 11 3 3 1 0 3 0 4/6 1/3 2/2 0 3 18 +2
K. Oubre 34 8 7 1 1 2 0 4 2/9 1/4 3/3 1 6 20 +21
I. Mahinmi 17 3 6 1 0 1 2 2 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 5 10 +2
J. Smith 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 1 0 3 -9
J. Meeks 18 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 1 1 -11
T. Frazier 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 0 2 -6
C. McCullough 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 -3
M. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 100 49 21 13 7 19 26 39/88 7/31 15/23 11 38 192 +45