Following the best Grammy trip in franchise history, the Los Angeles Clippers are looking to continue their winning ways back at Staples Center.
The Washington Wizards have played well away from home, but they haven’t won a road game against Los Angeles in six years.
Though they remain without All-Star Chris Paul, the Clippers seek their fourth straight victory Wednesday night, while the Wizards will try to move above .500 for the first time in more than four years.
Los Angeles (32-15) split its first four games while Staples was being occupied by the Grammy Awards before bouncing back with three straight wins to close out the two-week trip with a franchise-best 5-2 record.
Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford continued their strong play with Paul out of the lineup, helping the Pacific Division-leading Clippers roll past Milwaukee 114-86 on Monday following wins at Chicago and Toronto over the weekend.
"When we were flying, flying (to Milwaukee), I remember guys saying they can’t wait to get home, stuff like that," the All-Star Griffin said. "But we knew we still had a game to play, some business to take care of."
Crawford finished with 25 points and hit 5 of 9 from 3-point range off the bench in Monday’s win, while Griffin scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
Crawford has averaged 22.3 points and a 42.9 3-point percentage to help the Clippers win nine of 12 since Paul separated his shoulder. Griffin has scored 26.4 per game while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor in his last 10.
"(Blake) just does it," said coach Doc Rivers, whose club has the Western Conference’s second-best home record at 18-3. "He has been our go-to guy down the stretch."
Paul had 38 points on 11-of-14 shooting with five 3-pointers and 12 assists to get the best of his matchup with John Wall in a 113-97 victory at Washington on Dec. 14.
Wall finished with 24 points and 12 assists in that contest, though he’s likely to be matched up against Darren Collison in this meeting. Collison has scored 14.0 per game while hitting 8 of 12 from beyond the arc in his last four.
Wall had 15 points Tuesday and hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining, and Bradley Beal scored 18 of his 20 in the second half of an 88-85 victory at Golden State.
"I knew in the second half I had to step up for this team to be able to win," Wall said.
The Wizards (22-22) have won two of the first three on their four-game trip and nine of 12 on the road overall. The now get their seventh opportunity this season to go over the .500 mark for the first time since starting 2-1 in 2009-10.
Washington, however, will have to snap a five-game losing streak to the Clippers at Staples Center. The Wizards have dropped eight of their last nine road matchups, with the lone win coming on Feb. 13, 2008.
After outrebounding the Warriors 56-47, Washington will try to keep NBA rebounding leader DeAndre Jordan (13.9 per game) from controlling the glass. Jordan pulled down 18 boards in Monday’s win and is averaging 16.5 per game over his last five.
The Clippers have taken 11 of 14 against Eastern Conference teams, and nine of 10 meetings overall with the Wizards.