Mor­ris, Beal lead come­back

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ian Quillen

wash­ing­ton» Bradley Beal fell a point short of his ca­reer high Sun­day.

He’ll have to set­tle for mak­ing a fan out of Chris Paul.

Beal scored 41 points — in­clud­ing 18 dur­ing the third quar­ter — in the Wash­ing­ton Wizards’ 117-110 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers. In the process, he left the nine-time all-star Paul thor­oughly im­pressed.

“Brad looks like a to­tally dif­fer­ent per­son,” said Paul, who scored 13 points and had 12 as­sists for the Clip­pers. “This is the Bradley Beal he should be all the time. Tonight he was ag­gres­sive. In or­der for this team to be as good as they prob­a­bly want to be, he got to be like that.”

Marki­eff Mor­ris had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quar­ter, and John Wall added 18 points and 11 as­sists for the Wizards.

Af­ter go­ing down by seven, Wash­ing­ton closed the game on a 22-8 run to seal their third straight win and fifth out of six.

The Wizards shot 80 per­cent (12-of-15) from the floor in the fourth, and on the other end held Blake Grif­fin score­less af­ter he had scored 26 in his first three pe­ri­ods.

“We wanted to make him shoot jump shots,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “The ones he was mak­ing, in the sec­ond half he still made a few, but we still just wanted to stay with that strat­egy, and it paid off.”

DeAn­dre Jor­dan added 13 points and 17 re­bounds Los An­ge­les, which played the fi­nal 1:08 with­out ejected coach Doc Rivers.

“This lit­tle stretch we’ve been win­ning games, but our de­fense still hasn’t been great,” Paul said. “You want to win and learn at the same time, and it fi­nally caught up with us.”

Beal hit 6-of-10 3-point­ers and shot 13-of-23 from the floor dur­ing a night when he re­peat­edly took the ini­tia­tive to drive the lane.

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