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Lou Williams leads Clippers past Wizards, 113-112

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LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams connected on a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining Saturday afternoon to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 113-112 victory over the Washington Wizards. Williams finished with 35 points and eight assists in 37 minutes of action, helping the Clippers snap a four-game losing stream.

“Lou [Williams] is just so efficient,” Doc Rivers said after the win. “He’s just like Jamal in being a professional scorer[and] that they both kind of started out as point guards so they can make plays. I think the biggest thing Lou has done now is, you know the old scouting reports don’t let him go left and he’s killing people going right right now. He has you on skates because you don’t want him to go left but he’s going right and so he has you right now.”

The final moments definitely had its fair share of excitement. And even a clock error that could have determined the outcome.

Otto Porter led the way for the John Wall-less Wizards with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Bradley Beal added 25 points, 20 of which came in the second half. Mike Scott had 22 points off the bench.

“We had a clock malfunction, early start,” officiating crew chief Bill Spooner said. “The crew actually incorrectly reset the shot-clock to 1.1, we should have reset it to 0.1. The reason is, on an early start, we timed the possession, the lost time. The only time that was lost was 0.1. 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.”

“I never complain about tough decisions and tough plays at the end of the game that the refs have to make,” Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said. “It’s tough, they had nothing to do with the offensive rebound and they had nothing to do with guys not ready to play. We have to have all of our guys ready to play, this is a team game, we need all guys ready to play and we didn’t have that this afternoon. Bradley [Beal]had a good look at the and-1 and the other play, trust me, it wasn’t for a three-point shot from the arch.”

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.
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