'Freak rule' costs Wizards chance late against Clippers

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The Clippers and the Wizards squared off in a Saturday afternoon matinee that featured one insane ending.

The Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Clippers are both missing star players, one team just happens to be dealing with the situation a little better. "We actually made the mistake in (the Wizards') favor, if you will, and reset it to 1.1". "That's what it is". I don't really understand it, I don't get it. It's the Clippers' way of recognizing another positive play from Williams. However, time had not run out.

The Clippers played three games without four of their five opening-night starters before Gallinari returned to the starting lineup for their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Officials reviewed the play and ruled the clock had started too early and the Wizards got the ball back. They jolted to the 10-0 start, then slumbered the rest of the first half, providing open shots to an unrecognizable cast of Clippers, a shadow of the perennial playoff team of recent years with the trade of Chris Paul and the injuries to Blake Griffin, Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic.

"I never complain about tough decisions and tough plays after the game that referees have to make", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "You go back and we get the same amount of time, but we didn't get the same amount of time and then the ball was placed in the corner".

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The loss dropped the Wizards to 14-12, but they still lead the Southeast Division and sit eighth in the Eastern Conference standings. "I haven't heard", he said when asked why there was 1.1 seconds left instead of 1.2 seconds left.

"Obviously we have guys out and I'm playing more minutes than I usually would", Williams said. "With (the original) inbounds at 1.2 (seconds), that leaves, mathematically, 0.1 and that should have been where we reset it". We gave them a couple of offensive rebounds. Beal was cold in the first half against the Clippers, though, scoring just two points.

"That's just playing basketball", Williams said.

Williams, who normally is a bench player but has to start because of injuries, scored a huge 35 points in the game and dished eight assists.

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