World news – Clippers match the determination of magicians, the depth to go, to win

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Reggie Jackson of the Clippers drives to the basket in the first half of Tuesday’s game against the Washington Wizards at the Staples Center. Jakcson had 17 points in the 135-116 victory when the Clipper reserves outnumbered the Wizards’ subs by 58-29 points. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Patrick Beverley of the Clippers goes through the Wizards defense in the first half of the game on Tuesday at the Staples Center. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook # 4 will face the LA Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook # 4 will face the LA Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Russell Westbrook # 4 of the Washington Wizards hits the LA Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Raul Neto # 19 of the Washington Wizards wins the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against Ivica Zubac # 40 of the LA Clippers. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Head coach Tyronn Lue watches with Kawhi Leonard # 2 of the LA Clippers against the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Head coach Tyronn Lue of the LA Clippers reacts against the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG )

Russell Westbrook # 4 of the Washington Wizards looks at the video board during a video review of a game against the LA Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Russell Westbrook # 4, who faces Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, was killed in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 for a convicted of technical fouls (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Russell Westbrook # 4, who faces Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, was killed in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 for a convicted of technical fouls (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook # 4 returns to the bench after committing a technical foul in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the LA Clippers on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Paul George # 13 of the LA Clippers will face the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Paul George # 13 of the LA Clippers will face the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Russell Westbrook # 4 of the Washington Wizards hits the LA Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Russell Westbrook # 4 of the Washington Wizards hits the LA Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Paul George # 13 High Fives teammate Reggie Jackson # 1 of the LA Clippers after a timeout against the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard # 2 competes with the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Ivica Zubac # 40 of the LA Clippers drives past Davis Bertan’s # 42 of the Washington Wizards to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

The LA Clippers player on the bench reacts after a 3-pointer against the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star News / SCNG)

The Clippers ‘Kawhi Leonard shoots over the Wizards’ Robin Lopez in the first half of Tuesday’s game at the Staples Center. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

The Clippers ‘Kawhi Leonard shoots over the Wizards’ Robin Lopez in the first half of Tuesday’s game at the Staples Center. Leonard had 32 points in a 135-116 win. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

The Clippers ‘Kawhi Leonard shoots over the Wizards’ Robin Lopez in the first half of Tuesday’s game at the Staples Center. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks reacts against the LA Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG )

Reggie Jackson # 1 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard # 2 competes with the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard # 2 competes with the Washington Wizards in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook # 4 will face the LA Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Bradley Beal # 3 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket against the LA Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Robin Lopez # 15 of the Washington Wizards heads to the basket against the LA Clippers in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Nicolas Batum # 33 of the LA Clippers shoots a three-point shot against the Washington Wizardsvin in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Russell Westbrook # 4 of the Washington Wizards wins the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against Patrick Beverley # 21 of the LA Clippers. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Patrick Beverley # 21 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against Moritz Wagner # 21 of the Washington Wizards in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Russell Westbrook # 4 of the Washington Wizards fouls Serge Ibaka # 9 of the LA Clippers in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star – News / SCNG)

Ivica Zubac # 40 of the LA Clippers slams down Davis Bertan’s # 42 of the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Ivica Zubac # 40 of the LA Clippers slams down Davis Bertan’s # 42 of the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Ivica Zubac # 40 of the LA Clippers slams down Davis Bertan’s # 42 of the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Head coach Tyronn Lue of the LA Clippers reacts against the Washington Wizards in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG )

Paul George # 13 of the LA Clippers will face Deni Avdija # 9 of the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star News / SCNG)

Kawhi Leonard # 2 of the LA Clippers controls the ball against the Washington Wizards in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star News / SCNG)

Terance # 14 of the LA Clippers man slams past # 15 of the Washington Wizards Robin Lopez in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Ivica Zubac # 40 of the LA Clippers fights for the ball against Moritz Wagner # 21 of the Washington Wizards in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

Russell Westbrook # 4 of the Washington Wizards reacts from the bench as Kawhi Leonard # 2 of the LA Clippers controls the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 . (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

LA Clippers Bank reacts after scoring against the Washington Wizards late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. LA Clippers won 135-116. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News / SCNG)

LOS ANGELES – The determination of the Washington Wizards is evident. As it turns out, the clippers are sturdy too.

Not so long ago, a sad 3-12, the Wizards got into the game on Tuesday after winning five games in a row and drawing .500 within six games.

For their last win on Monday, they had recovered from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter at the Staples Center against the Lakers.

When the Wizards returned to the comeback scene on Tuesday night, they tried to work similar magic against the Clippers by reducing their 24-point lead in the second quarter to five points in the fourth quarter.

LA – so hot in the first half when Kawhi Leonard and Paul George shot together 16 for 22 for 41 points – cooled off after the break.

The Clippers shot a respectable 10 for 22 in the third half, but Washington went 15 for 20 – with Moe Wagner in the lead: the former Laker went 5 for 7 for 13 of his team’s 39 points.

But when the Clippers All-Stars set the tone, their young teammates helped bring the win home.

Ivica Zubac – the 23-year-old center of the Clippers – sent a rise through the Staples Center with a grown-up, serious slam dunk, which extended the lead to 113-102 with 7:52.

Terance Mann started the Clippers on their way to victory and scored his team’s first seven points in the fourth quarter.
The 24-year-old former Florida State Standout also struggled on defense and rebound, throwing a pass to an open Reggie Jackson for a 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to 116-102. He messed up the left at 1:03 after adding 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 20 minutes.

This helped motivate and improve the hosts when they needed the boost the most as the Clippers finished a challenging homestand 4-2.

Leonard led LA with 32 points in 13v20, and the day he found out he was an All-Star for the seventh time, Paul George had 30 points – 25 in the first half.

Zubac finished off the bench with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Reggie Jackson had 17 points and Marcus Morris Sr. added 11.

For Washington, Bradley Beal, the NBA’s top scorer, started the game on Tuesday with an average of 32.9 points per game. He finished 12-of-24 with 28 (and 10 assists).

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Wagner finished with 21 points, Russell Westbrook added 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds and Raul Neto had 11 points.

The Clippers (23-10) initially took control with a 26-6 run in the first and second quarters, in which the Clippers scored 36 points each. Not much went down Washington’s path early, with three technical fouls awarded to the Wizards in the second quarter alone – two defensive three-second calls and another in Westbrook.

And while LA was 17 points ahead at halftime, the Wizards (11-18) used a 16-4 run to get up to five points and start the fourth quarter before the Clippers inflate it and eight of their 19 3 made pointers during a 36-22 final frame.

The Clippers held off the bench without Lou Williams, their professional goalscorer. According to Lue, Williams had the night off, suggesting that the veteran security guard, who only scored five points on Sunday and didn’t sit on the bench on Tuesday, wasn’t injured before the game.

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