The Saints found a way to lose a second game in three weeks, even when they controlled Thursday’s contest at Atlanta.

“I just wanted it to go in our favor and it did,” he said. “We showed a lot of heart.”

Williams scored 35 points to lead a dominant bench effort for the Clippers. Their reserves outscored Washington’s 59-47.

Beal scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half. Otto Porter Jr. had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Mike Scott had 22 points off the bench for the Southeast Division-leading Wizards.

The Vikings had a big hiccup in Carolina as their main strengths — running the ball and stopping the run — didn’t manifest. They can’t afford any more lapses as they try to take advantage of the Eagles’ situation and steal back the No. 1 seed.

They also discovered how much they need Alvin Kamara to finish off opponents.

The Jaguars had a statement win on a big stage against the NFC team after which they’re modeled, the Seahawks. They remain a dangerous floater in the AFC at No. 3.

Players like Thomas Chabot, Colin White, Filip Chlapik, Alex Formenton and Logan Brown, among others, have some high-end qualities that could help when this team starts transitioning away from its big-ticket veterans. That helps the recruiting pitch a bit, but only if Ottawa is willing to pay full freight for its star. This whole will-they, won’t-they saga is going to be incredible to watch.

I brought him in, you know, had a chance to think about it over the weekend and I brought him in yesterday. We sat down and talked about it and left it overnight to think about it a little bit more and then we talked about it this morning and decided on this is the best direction for the team.

No. We have five games left to play. Five very important games. We have a chance to go win these five games. We have a chance to take a look at the roster top to bottom, get great evaluations and move forward that way.

Was this weekend the first time you thought about making this move or did you think about it before then?
This was — had a short week last week when we knew we were out of playoff contention. We were out of the mix. That’s the time when you really have to take a look at your roster and make determinations on who you want to evaluate.panthers_160

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