Washington Wizards suffer worst loss in franchise history as downward spiral continues

Washington Wizards Bradley Beal (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Wizards Bradley Beal (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Washington Wizards’ downward spiral continued Tuesday night with a historic loss against the LA Clippers. 

Tuesday night, the Washington Wizards went into the locker room at halftime against the LA Clippers with a 30-point lead. Everything seemed to be clicking for the Wizards and they appeared to be well on their way to a victory.

However, at halftime, something changed.

While heading to the locker room, Clippers guard Reggie Jackson jokingly stated that the Clippers “were right where [they] wanted to be.” Whether he actually believed himself or not, it ended up paying out that way.

Who would have thought that 24 minutes of basketball later, the Wizards would not win the game?

After leading by 35 points at one stage, the Wizards couldn’t even hold on despite being six points ahead with 10 seconds remaining. Commentators called the loss one of the worst losses in franchise history – and considering the circumstances, it’s hard to not see it in that light.

I’m sure the Wizards have had more heart-wrenching losses in the playoffs, but as far as a regular-season loss is concerned, this one may take the cake.

Add in the fact that the Clippers were without star players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, it makes the loss look even worse.

As far as the Clippers are concerned, this is a great win for their resume and you have to credit where it’s due. Despite being somewhat overlooked in the Western Conference this season, head coach Tyronn Lue has done a great job with this team.

Even though they were down 30-plus points, they didn’t give up and kept the fight. You have to credit Lue for continuing to find ways to motivate his team in the midst of disaster.

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The Clippers are currently on the outside looking in from the top 8 in the Western Conference standings, but you can almost be sure that this team is not going to give up as the playoff push quickly approaches.