Hanrahan: The Late Show

Hanrahan: The Late Show
March 24, 2011, 5:39 am
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Thursday March 24, 2011 2:02 a.m.
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By Frank Hanrahan
Wizards Insider
CSNwashington.com

It was one of the more entertaining games you will see this season, but unfortunately for the Wizards, they came up on the short end again, losing at the Clippers 127-119 in double overtime.

The game took well over three hours to complete, but it was well worth staying up to watch Wizards guard John Wall continue to thrive in the open floor and Blake Griffin of the Clippers dunking all over the place. But from a winloss perspective, it was another game the Wizards let slip away and a game they deserved to win.

The Wizards were up 113-110 with 5.4 seconds left in the first overtime, but L.A.'s Eric Gordon ball faked JaVale McGee out of the picture, and he got a wide open look from beyond the three-point arc and nailed the shot sending the game into a second OT. The Clippers took the momentum and ran with it in the final 5 minutes, outscoring the slumped shouldered Wizards 14-6.

Washington got a career high 32 points and 10 assists from Wall and rookie back court mate Jordan Crawford came alive in the second half with some circus shots as well to finish with 25 points and 10 assists. Wall was spectacular late in regulation with a running jumper to tie the game at 102 with 14 seconds left and that forced overtime after the Clippers missed a shot at the buzzer.

Griffin had monster dunks and a monster night with a triple double of 33 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Clippers. McGee had one of his better games as a Wizard, scoring 22 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and compiling 4 highlight worthy blocks.

But the story on this night and now morning, was the Wizards had every right to win but they didn't. No one feels sorry for you in this league. The next opponent for the Wizards is Denver. They won't have any sympathy for the Wizards, even though their road record is now 1-33.