Wizards get Wall back, extend Grizzlies' woes
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 14, 2017 10:26 AM
FILE - WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards celebrates their victory after the game against the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2017 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Harvey Valentine, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 18 points and John Wall had 13 in his return from a sore knee to help the Washington Wizards hold off the Memphis Grizzlies 93-87 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Beal scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three three-pointers. Otto Porter Jr. added 14 points, and Marcin Gortat had 12.
Wall missed nine games, with Washington going 4-5 in his absence.
After the Grizzlies took their first lead of the night, 67-65, on James Ennis III’s three-pointer with 8:53 left to play, Washington responded with a 13-0 run and Memphis got no closer than 83-80 the rest of the way.
Andrew Harrison led Memphis with 20 points, JaMychal Green had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Marc Gasol had 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Grizzlies have lost five straight and 16 out of 17.
Memphis erased most of an 11-point deficit to pull to 29-27 in the second quarter when Wall got hot.
His drive to the basket made it 31-27. He hit a corner triple and followed by a driving dunk and a long two-pointer to cap his personal 9-0 run and Washington eventually led 41-29 at halftime.
The Wizards built the lead to 17 early in the third quarter, but Memphis rallied and Ben McLemore’s three-pointer tied it at 62 early in the fourth.
Memphis was without guard Tyreke Evans. The Grizzlies’ second-leading scorer was held out after experiencing right hip soreness during pregame warm-up.
Grizzlies: Scored a season-low 12 points in the first quarter and season-low 29 in first half. ... Have lost first 10 vs. Eastern Conference, the franchise’s skid longest since losing the first 11 in 1996-97. ... Have dropped their last four visits to Washington.
Wizards: Missed 13-of-22 free throws. ... F Markieff Morris was a late scratch with a sore right hip. ... C Ian Mahinmi missed his second straight game with a sore right hip. ... The 12-first quarter points were the fewest the Wizards have allowed in any quarter this season.
Grizzlies: Host Atlanta on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Wizards: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).