John Wall turned in a double-double and the Washington Wizards held off a late rally from the Memphis Grizzlies to win 104-101 on Wednesday. The Wizards star point guard had 25 points and 13 assists to give his team a 13th straight victory at home.
Wall and the Wizards appeared to be on their way to an easy win after leading by fourteen at the half, 66-51. Washington led by as many as 19 points earlier. The Wizards continued to dominate in the second half and had a 97-87 lead with 3:53 to go in the game.
Grizz rally falls short
But the Grizzlies rallied from the double-digit disadvantage and cut it down to a single basket with under minute to go. Memphis missed on two chances to force overtime as Vince Carter and James Ennis both couldn’t make their three-pointers.
Wall had great help in this one. Otto Porter Jr. matched his scoring output with his own 25 while Markieff Morris also had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The Wizards improved to 22-19 overall but it’s their home mark that is allowing them to stay in the playoff picture this season. Wall’s team is 18-6 in Washington, one of the better home records in the Eastern Conference. The win allowed the Wizards to stay in fifth place in the conference.
Marc Gasol’s 28 points and 7 assists led the Grizzlies. Mike Conley struggled shooting but had 20 points and 6 assists. Memphis shot just 39.8% overall and 32.0% from three against the Wizards.
The Wizards have won three straight and six of their last seven games. They face East rivals New York Knicks in their next game. Meanwhile, Memphis want to find more consistency after losing three of their last four games. The Grizzlies take on the Sacramento Kings next.
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