Clippers cruise into meeting with Wizards

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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers take a nine-game winning streak into our nation's capital for a Friday night date with the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center.

The Clippers haven't lost since a road tilt against the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 23. Los Angeles won five straight as the visitor and will head to Milwaukee on Saturday night.

The Clips picked up their ninth consecutive victory on Wednesday night with a 103-96 decision over the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Chris Paul scored 17 points, handed out 15 assists and pulled down eight rebounds to guide the Clippers to the win in the opener of their roadie.

Jamal Crawford's 18 off the bench led the Clippers. Blake Griffin scored 17 with 10 boards and DeAndre Jordan chipped in 12 points with 19 rebounds. J.J. Redick contributed 16 points and Matt Barnes finished with 11.

Trailing by 17 entering the final quarter, the Pacers chipped away at the large deficit. A quick 12-4 spurt, including eight points from C.J. Miles, cut the deficit to 86-77.

With two minutes remaining, Allen's jumper pulled Indiana within two. Crawford answered with a jumper at the other end, then Miles' rushed 3-pointer the next possession did not fall. Griffin split a pair of free throws and Indiana couldn't muster any offense from there, as Paul hit two free throws in the closing seconds to account for the final margin.

"It was basically a replay of the first half. The starters come in and get a big lead, and the second unit comes in and loses it. The starters have to hold on, and fortunately, they were able to do it," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

The Wizards have won two in a row and six of their last seven.

Washington avoided playing a third overtime this week with an alley-oop at the buzzer.

Bradley Beal caught Andre Miller's inbounds pass near the rim with 0.8 seconds left and put the ball through the rim in time to give the Wizards a 91-89 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

"I thought they were going to put the big man under the basket," said Miller. "Once he came to the ball, I knew I was going to throw it to the rim. I just had to get over his arms."

John Wall scored the last 10 Wizards points in Monday's double-overtime win over the Boston Celtics and had 21 with 11 assists against the Magic.

Nene came off the bench to score 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Kris Humphries chipped in 11 and Marcin Gortat added 10 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.

The Clippers have won two in a row and 10 of their last 11 in this series. LA has emerged victorious in four of its last five trips to Washington.