Clippers edge Wizards on Williams' late three-pointer


It hit nothing but net, and the Clippers won 113-112.

The L.A. Clippers escaped with a win Saturday afternoon over the Washington Wizards, thanks largely to the clutch shooting of Lou Williams.

"Lou was absolutely incredible", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

With Bradley Beal guarding him, Williams unleashed the victor from the top of the key, capping a wild final 12 seconds in which both teams traded leads on clutch plays. "I don't know how good he'll be next game".

After Williams' basket, the Wizards called a timeout.

Officials ruled the clock had, in fact, started too soon and replayed Washington's final possession - on which Marcin Gortat's jump shot bounced off the front of the rim.

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Crew chief Bill Spooner told a pool reporter after the game that the referees incorrectly reset the shot clock to 1.1 seconds instead of 0.1. But this time it was with 1.1 seconds and the Wizards were inbounding the ball closer to the baseline.

"We had a clock malfunction, early start", Spooner said in a statement.

"By rule, it's a clock malfunction, early start and we have certain protocol to do on that play, which should have meant 0.1 rather than 1.1". "So we should have inbounded the ball at the point of interruption, which is what we did, but it should have been at 0.1 instead of 1.1". "We actually made the mistake, in [the Wizards'] favor if you will, and reset it at 1.1".

"I never complain about tough decisions and tough plays at the end of the game that the refs have to make". "They said it's kind of a 'some s*** rule, ' it's a freak rule".

"Obviously we have guys out and I'm playing more minutes than I usually would", Williams said. Obviously Pat is not going to come back this year. He said we get the same amount of time, but we didn't get the same amount of time. The ball was placed in the corner. I don't understand it.

Rivers said he wasn't sure what triggered the review. "I was going to drive". "We showed a lot of heart".

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It was the seventh time this season Williams has scored 20-plus points off the bench, tying him for the most in the National Basketball Association with Memphis' Tyreke Evans. Their reserves outscored Washington's 59-47. With the five-second clock counting down in his head, Satoransky couldn't find Beal or Otto Porter Jr., who had snapped out of a slump with a 10-for-16 shooting afternoon (4 for 8 from the arc) for 27 points. You can catch that game on NBA League Pass. He's averaging 10.9 points and 7.7 rebounds lifetime versus Los Angeles.

In a frantic final 20 seconds, Austin Rivers connected on a three-pointer to give the Clippers a one-point lead, before Bradley Beal got a tough finish to go at the rim, to put the Wizards up one.

Both teams were missing injured stars: John Wall for the Wizards and Blake Griffin for the Clippers. Both Morris and starting point guard Tim Frazier sat through the fourth quarter, in place of more productive subs. It's the most dominant run of his career that he can recall. First, Beal shared his side. "Why was it a foul versus a re-jumped ball or just their ball?"

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (8-15): Los Angeles got one player back from injury on Wednesday when Danilo Gallinari (glute) returned from a 13-game absence. He practiced Friday, worked out Saturday and will work again Sunday.

With the win, the Clippers end a four-game losing skid as they now travel to take on the Toronto Raptors on tuesday, from 2:30pm AEDT.

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