The Wizards cut into multiple big leads built by the Clippers Sunday, but nothing was stopping LA from pulling away in this one.
Troy Brown, Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans each scored over 20 points and Rui Hachimura added 17 of his own while Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined to score 61 points.
It was a winnable game for Washington, they just couldn't get it done against one of the best teams in the NBA.
Here are some of their best moments in the 135-119 loss.
Great ball movement leads to a Wagner three
With Thomas Bryant out, Moe Wagner has added an interesting new flavor to the starting lineup. He's not the prolific shooter Davis Bertans is, but his ability to stretch the floor has opened things up nicely for players like Bradley Beal and Rui Hachimura.
Early in the game against the Clippers, Washington took advantage of the extra space with their dribble-drive game. It was a promising start against one of the best teams in the league.
Wagner will continue to start at the five with Bryant out for at least the next two weeks. If he can knock down threes with regularity off of ball movement like the play above or off pick and pops with Beal, it'll make things much easier on the Wizards' slashers.
Mahinmi's block party
In his second game all year, Ian Mahinmi lifted the Wizards' second unit with the kind of interior defense this team has lacked all season long.
Mahinmi finished with nine points, six rebounds and three blocks on the game and it was clear the Wizards' defense was better with him in the game.
Washington has been the NBA's worst paint defense all year, so perhaps Mahinmi's return could spark some progression in that department.
Troy Brown's save energizes Wizards
The Clippers were coming off a blowout loss to the Bucks in this game, so they came out firing after only leading the Wizards by one at halftime.
LA built a 16-point lead and seemed to be well on their way to an easy win, but then Troy Brown kickstarted a comeback.
Brown saved the ball from going out of bounds, somehow found Chris Chiozza who then dished it to Mahinmi for an and-one finish.
It helped the Wizards flip momentum and keep the game close all the way to the final buzzer.
The Wizards' first-round pick from a year ago had struggled as a starter and had recently been relegated to the bench, but Brown has looked much better with the reserves.
He gets to play with the ball in his hands more and that's really seemed to positively impact his activity on defense. It also helps to be running an offense with Davis Bertans giving teams nightmares with his three-point shooting.
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