The Washington Wizards plan to foul DeAndre Jordan failed when he converted 60% of his free throws, including four straight down the stretch, which aided the Los Angeles Clippers to a 110-103 victory.
The Clippers returned home to Staples Center 5-2 off their long Grammy road trip.
They maintained a comfortable lead throughout the game, until Garrett Temple two point basket brought the Wizards within one point at 81-80 in the fourth quarter.
JJ Redick and Jamal Crawford went on a run of their own combining for 16 of the Clippers points in the final quarter. Redick connected on two 3 pointer that push the lead to 97-90.
After Darren Collison scored, DeAndre Jordan was fouled and was sent to the line, previously going 2 of 6. After making both free throws he extended the Clippers lead 104-99.
The Clippers improved to 10-3 without Chris Paul, who has been sidelined due to injury.
Darren Collision finished with 16 points, and Blake Griffin led all scorers with 29 points and 9 rebounds.
DeAndre Jordan made a stronger case for him to be an All-Star, finishing with 14 points and 17 rebounds.
"I'm going to ask Doc if I can shoot the techs from now on," Jordan said. "My teammates had a lot of confidence in me, even when I missed my first four [shots] from the line. They just kept encouraging me, and that's when I started knocking down my shots."
Wizard guard John Wall finished with 19 points and 11 assist in the loss.
"It was our best opportunity to beat them, especially with Chris Paul out," Wall told ESPN. "But they're still a great team and they've been winning games. It's the same as you see without Chris in there. Those other guys play the same way."
Trevor Ariza finished with 13 points for the Wizards, and have now lost six straight road games against the Clippers.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers spoke highly of the dynamic duo of JJ Redick and Jamal Crawford on the night.
"Him and J.J. have this thing going. It's just been really good stuff."
The Clippers return to the road to face their Pacific Division nemesis, the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.