LOS ANGELES -- Remembering the last time the Wizards came back to beat them in the fourth quarter, the L.A. Clippers weren't about to allow that to happen again. That was especially true after they blew a double-digit, fourth-quarter lead in a loss to the Sacramento Kings in the previous game.
Markieff Morris got the Wizards out to a fast start by making their first three-pointer. His efficiency scoring, much like in the 117-110 over the Clippers in December, was there. Unfortunately for him, he only lasted 15 minutes because of a third-quarter ejection.
Morris made 4 of 6 shots and had 14 points, but he couldn't keep his cool -- again -- and it cost them dearly. He was hit with separate technical fouls in a span of 74 seconds of the third quarter.
"We've got to control our emotions. Obviously he said something," coach Scott Brooks said after the 133-124 loss. "That's part of the game that we have to continue to improve on. We've been good the last four or five games but when you say you're pretty good the last four or five games it means you're really not that good. We got to do a better job with that. I thougth they did a good job of being physical with us and we at times complain too much."
Morris was part of a double technical with Blake Griffin. But he was limited in his time on the floor because of common foul trouble. He picked up his first just 50 seconds into the game. By 7:17 of the first, he had his second foul and went immediately to the bench.
Morris was hardly the only player in jeopardy because of infractions. Ian Mahinmi had three fouls in just seven minutes of play in the first half. Bradley Beal had three in 19 minutes. Kelly Oubre finished with five fouls in 25 minutes. Mahinmi eventually fouled out with six in the same time on the floor.
"Some calls were great calls. Some calls they got baited into," Wall said of the officiating which led to the Clippers having a 10-1 edge in foul shots after the first quarter. "Sometimes the refs get baited into making the wrong decision. They admit to it afterwards."
Wall, who had five fouls, has 14 technical fouls and can't reach 16 or he'll serve an automatic one-game suspension. That'll reset after the regular season is complete.
Morris picked up his ninth and 10th technicals. With just seven games left, he should be able to stay comfortably below the suspension threshold.
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