Beal scores 40 points, Wizards beat Grizzlies 135-128

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 17, 2019 10:00 AM
Beal scores 40 points, Wizards beat Grizzlies 135-128
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 135-128. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

By Harvey Valentine, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 40 points for the second straight night and the Washington Wizards beat the Memphis Grizzlies 135-128 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).

Beal shot 12-of-17 from the field and made a career-high nine three-pointers. The Wizards converted 17-of-35 from beyond the arc in a game that featured 20 lead changes.

The Wizards, 11th in the Eastern Conference, moved within three games of eighth-place Miami.

Jabari Parker had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Bobby Portis scored 18 points as Washington improved to 3-1 on a five-game homestand.

Mike Conley had 28 points and 12 assists for Memphis. Jonas Valanciunas scored 22 points and Avery Bradley added 21.

Beal's three-pointer gave the Wizards a 119-114 lead with 6:03 remaining and he followed with a driving layup to increase the lead to seven.

Memphis cut it to three when Valanciunas dunked and Conley made two free throws after a Washington turnover, but Jeff Green hit a corner triple for Washington to make it 129-123.

Conley answered with a three, but Beal scored on a drive as the shot clock expired.

Valanciunas' dunk pulled Memphis to 131-128, but Parker hit two free throws with 6.2 seconds left off a clear-path foul.

Conley's runner at the buzzer gave Memphis a 71-69 halftime lead. He and Beal each had 19 points in the first half.

The Grizzlies shot 59 percent in the first half while the Wizards hit 53.5 percent.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: It was the first time in franchise history the Grizzlies and their opponent each scored at least 100 points through the first three quarters. . Swingman C.J. Miles left the game in the first half because of left foot injury and did not return. . It was Conley's 10th double-double. . F Chandler Parsons had season highs in points (16) and rebounds (six).

Wizards: G Tomas Satoransky was in the lineup after leaving Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) game for a concussion evaluation. . Are 9-4 in the second of back-to-backs. . It was Parker's seventh double-double of the season. . The Wizards have won five straight against the Grizzlies at home.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

Wizards: Host the Utah Jazz on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).

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