Published: Sun, December 10, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Clippers, Williams sink Wizards with late three-pointer

Clippers, Williams sink Wizards with late three-pointer

It's a freak rule.

"I never complain about tough decisions and tough plays after the game that referees have to make", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "Now we've got to go back and try to change into a different play with the ball in the corner".

Beal then remembered what the officials said the rule was.

"Oh, it's the tough-s- rule", Beal told reporters after the game via ESPN . "That's what it is". "I mean, we got a starter back, so there are two of us now". We had a great play. I take what the defense gives me. Obviously Pat is not going to come back this year.

Beal called it "a insane rule" but acknowledged "there's nothing we can do about it, and the officials said there's nothing they could do about it". "The freakish part for me is that I didn't understand why it was a deep corner play now, instead of where it was originally and why 0.1 (second) was off the clock". "I thought we played well enough to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game".

But had the officials not made a mistake with the clock, the ending may have gone differently.

"We had a clock malfunction, early start", Spooner said in a statement. The only time that was lost was 0.1. Spooner said the location of the inbounds changed to the point of interruption where Beal caught the ball.

Clippers power forward Danilo Gallinari said he wasn't sure what was going on at the end of the game. "I wasn't on the table listening to what the referees were saying, so I have no idea".

Beal called it "a freak rule" and said it didn't make sense because the Wizards had his basket taken away.

Another call just before Williams' game victor was questioned, too. Beal was held to an average of 12.5 points in four games before totaling 85 in the last two contests. But Clippers center DeAndre Jordan backtapped the rebound after engaging in contact with Gortat, allowing Rivers a second chance at a 3, which he made with 12.2 seconds to go.

Beal got loose for 16 points in the third.

After Williams' basket, the Wizards called a timeout.

"I get that if the clock started, you replay the play", Rivers said. "We should be exhausted of coming in here and saying 'On to the next one.' You run out of games eventually and these games matter". It's going to take him a couple of games. "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 and we didn't have that this afternoon".

Both teams were missing injured stars: John Wall for the Wizards and Blake Griffin for the Clippers.

NOTES: Clippers G Lou Williams, who became the 96th player in National Basketball Association history to amass 1,000 3-pointers when he hit the plateau Thursday against Minnesota, added four more Saturday, including the game-winner, for 1,007 in his career. Otto Porter Jr. had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Mike Scott had 22 points off the bench for the Southeast Division-leading Wizards.

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