Clippers Εdge Wizards 114-107 in Wall’s Return to Washington (Highlights)

December 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — John Wall stole the ball and then sank a jumper, and although he was a member of the visiting team now, the fans in Washington still sounded impressed.

So he egged them on a bit by yelling something that he later revealed after the game.

“Still my city,” he said.

Wall scored 13 points in his return to Washington, and Nicolas Batum made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 23.8 seconds remaining to help the Los Angeles Clippers send the Wizards to their sixth straight loss, 114-107 on Saturday night. Paul George scored 36 points for Los Angeles.

The Wizards drafted Wall with the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, and he played nine seasons with the team. After missing 2019-20, he was traded to Houston, and he returned to Washington as a member of the Rockets in 2021. But there were no fans for that game because of COVID-19. Wall didn’t play last season either.

With Reggie Jackson out Saturday, the Clippers gave Wall his first start of this season. He received an ovation when he was introduced, and then again during an early timeout when a tribute video was shown.

“This is something I’ve been waiting for for four years,” Wall said. “The first time I got traded, I came back with Houston, it was COVID so you couldn’t be here. Then last year I wasn’t playing. … I’m glad I got the opportunity to appreciate it and be here, and get the love that I think I deserved. I feel like I got my flowers.”

While the night was about Wall, it was Batum who made big shots in the final quarter. He hit three 3-pointers in the last 4:52 and finished with 12 points. Kyle Kuzma scored 25 of his 35 points in the first half for Washington.

Los Angeles Clippers guard John Wall (11) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Jordan Goodwin (7) and center Kristaps Porzingis, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

After Batum’s 3 put Los Angeles up 110-107, Kristaps Porzingis forced an ill-advised 3 while being tightly guarded by Kawhi Leonard. That shot was an air ball, and then Washington’s Deni Avdija was called for a flagrant foul with 16.1 seconds left.

The Wizards scored the game’s first 10 points and were up 63-60 at halftime. They extended that advantage to 13 in the third, but Los Angeles scored the final 15 points of the period and took its first lead on Luke Kennard’s 3-pointer at the buzzer.

George started the scoring in the fourth with a jumper, and it was tight the rest of the way.

Porzingis had 30 points and 15 rebounds.


Wall seemed to find a groove in the second quarter. The jumper that led to his “still my city” exclamation capped a stretch of six quick points by him. Then he found Moses Brown inside for a dunk moments later.

“I thought it was great,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “Just seeing the crowd, and the starting lineup, and how the crowd gave him all the love. You love to see that, especially for a guy who has gave so much to this city.”


Wizards star Bradley Beal was out for a third straight game because of a hamstring strain. Washington has dropped nine of its last 10 after winning six of seven before that.


Clippers: Norman Powell (groin) was inactive. … Marcus Morris scored 19 points and Leonard had 13.

Wizards: In addition to Beal, Washington was without Will Barton (foot), Rui Hachimura (ankle), Monte Morris (groin) and Delon Wright (hamstring).


Clippers: Host Boston on Monday night.

Wizards: Host Brooklyn on Monday night.



NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving had 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 121-104 victory Monday night over the Los Angeles Lakers, who played without LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Police: 10 Wounded in Drive-by Shooting in Central Florida

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Ten people were injured during a drive-by shooting in a central Florida neighborhood, police said.

THESSALONIKI – Video Art Miden collaborates with ToPikap in Thessaloniki, presenting the video art program ‘Frozen’, curated by Gioula and Olga Papadopoulou, on Saturday, February 4.

SAN FRANCISCO – The opening of Uproot, the Greek Chamber Music Project (GCMP) concert tour marking the centennial of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, takes place on Friday, February 3, 8 PM, at Old First Concert, 1751 Sacramento Street in San Francisco, and live-streamed online.

MILAN — Italy's government has increased security around its diplomatic missions around the globe in response to “a crescendo of terroristic attacks” by an anarchist network that has been acting in solidarity with an imprisoned Italian militant, the foreign minister said Tuesday.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.