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WASHINGTON - Twice it happened. John Wall poked the ball away from Chris Paul, and the ball deflected off Pauls leg and out of bounds.Such defensive moments from Wall were just as important as his spin-move, up-and-under layup or any of his many assists. And they helped him beat Paul head-to-head for first time in his career.Wall controlled the game with 10 points and 11 assists, while Paul struggled with a season-high six turnovers Friday night as the Washington Wizards snapped the Los Angeles Clippers nine-game winning streak with a 104-96 victory.He isnt going to tell you that, but I know this kid well enough to tell you that he was waiting for this game, he wanted to win this game, Wizards centre Marcin Gortat said. And this is the huge improvement from John from the Day 1: It wasnt about who was going to score more points — (it was) whos going to lead the team to win the game.Wall, who had been 0-6 against Paul in games when both played, had an impact far greater than his stat line. He turned the game with a blistering sequence late in the first half that included an acrobatic assist to Bradley Beal for a 3-pointer, a 3-pointer of his own, a from-behind block of Glen Davis shot in the paint, and one of the poke-the-ball takeaways off Paul.The Wizards closed the half with a 12-2 run to lead 57-42 and didnt allow the Clippers any closer than eight points in a second half. Fans serenaded Wall with M-V-P! in the final minute, and coach Randy Wittman lauded a commitment to defence from Wall that used to come every so often.I just want to be a great player, so youve got to be committed for 48 minutes and when things arent going offensively youve got to keep playing the right way, Wall said regarding his improved play on defence.John knows that Chris has been over the last few years the more-heralded point guard, but he was up for the challenge, Wizards forward Paul Pierce said. It wasnt comfortable for Paul, even though he had a lot of points, a couple of assists, he wasnt comfortable out there.Beal scored a season-high 29 points, and Gortat had 18 for the Wizards, who have won seven of eight. Wall has at least 11 assists in seven straight games.I thought it he was into CP most of the game, bodied him, blocked shots, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. Hes a freak athletically, and in the past I thought he only used to be on the offensive end.___PAULS TAKEPauls line was also deceptive if the turnovers are ignored: 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists.I pride myself on (not turning the ball over), making right decisions, passing the ball, ball-handling, Paul said. I dont let no one steal it from me. Tonight I was just all over the place.YOU LOOK FAMILIAR: The game was rife with fascinating connections. Wittman and Rivers were teammates in Atlanta for five seasons in the 1980s. Rivers coached Pierce for nine seasons in Boston. Pierce was recruited to Washington last summer by assistant coach Sam Cassell, who then left to join Rivers staff.TIP-INSClippers: F Spencer Hawes left with a bruised left knee late in the first quarter and did not return. X-rays were negative.Wizards: Their 11-2 record at the Verizon Center represents the best 13-game home start in franchise history.UP NEXTClippers: At Milwaukee on Saturday.Wizards: Home to Utah on Sunday.___Follow Joseph White on Twitter: Steven Nelson Chiefs Jersey. - Pete Rose didnt want it to be about him, not on a day when four new members were elected to baseballs most exclusive club. Aaron Murray Chiefs Jersey. Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak. The deal will pay Hainsey $3 million for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons and $2.5 million in 2016-17. Alameda Taamu Chiefs Jersey. Anything less than gold for either nation is considered a disappointment. Yet for Switzerland, advancing to the semifinal might be a victory in itself. Sean McGrath Chiefs Jersey. -- Slugger Jose Abreu, All-Star left-hander Chris Sale and closer Matt Lindstrom are on the disabled list.CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo wasted little time in getting to Adam Wainwright. Rizzo hit a two-run single in the first that ended Wainwrights scoreless streak at 25 innings, and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Friday for their third win in four games. "Im not trying to do too much," Rizzo said. "See the ball and hit it, really try to swing at the pitches I want to hit, not pitchers pitches. Especially with Wainwright, his stuff is so good hes going to eat you alive." Wainwright (5-2) had allowed six runs in 45 innings coming in, but the Cubs matched the runs total in just five innings against the St. Louis ace, who gave up 10 hits. His ERA rose from 1.20 to 2.16. "They did a nice job of spoiling some pitches," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of his batters. "Youve got to give them all the credit. They grinded out some at-bats today and reaped some benefits." Wainwright had been 6-0 in 12 previous starts and five relief appearances at Wrigley Field. "There were certain pitches today I didnt have good command over," he said. "My curveball was kind of sporadic in the zone and out of the zone, which is pretty rare for me. Its a funny game. Today was not my day. I accept that and take responsibility for today and move on." The scoreless streak was one inning shy of the career high for Wainwright, who had not allowed an extra-base hit since April 12 against the Cubs in St. Louis. "Hes been incredibly consistent through this season so far. ... You can see pitches were just on the edge and not where he wanted them or werent getting called," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Its a frustrating day when he knows our guys put some offence up for him and we just cant stop them. He limited the damage and figured out ways to keep us in it. We had some chances." Rizzo added a leadoff home run in thee fifth that put Chicago ahead 6-3.dddddddddddd. Welington Castillo had three doubles for Chicago, which sent the skidding Cardinals to their 10th loss in 16 games. Travis Wood (2-3) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and six hits in seven innings but allowed just one runner in his final three innings. Justin Grimm gave up Jhonny Peraltas two-run homer in the eighth, Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. Cubs centerfielder Ryan Sweeney made a catch on the run in the eighth on a drive to right-centre by Allen Craig. Sweeney injured his right hamstring and was replaced by Emilio Bonifacio, who moved from second. "It was great determination," Renteria said. "Hammys hurt." St. Louis overcame its early deficit, tying the game in the third when Matt Carpenter singled in a run and scored on Peraltas double. Chicago loaded the bases in the bottom half on a pair of walks around Starlin Castros single. Ryan Sweeney drove in the go-ahead run with a weak grounder to second that allowed Rizzo to score from third, and Castillo followed with a two-out, two-run double. Castros throwing error from shortstop on Randal Grichuks grounder allowed Yadier Molina to score from third and cut the deficit to 5-3 in the fourth. NOTES: Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said RHP Jose Veras (left oblique strain) will begin his rehab assignment at Double-A Tennessee and pitch at some point in the next few days, depending on how he feels. ... Cubs prospect OF Jorge Soler (hamstring) is progressing at the teams facility in Mesa, Arizona. Hoyer said "the reports have been good" and he hopes Soler will join Tennessee soon. ... RHP Jack Arrieta is to make his big league season debut for the Cubs when he starts Saturday. RHP Michael Wacha (2-2) is slated to slart for St. Louis. 19:27ET 02-05-14 Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '


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