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18th of January 2018


Bradley Beal's big second half helps Washington Wizards top New Orleans Pelicans

WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal scored 22 of his 26 points during the second half of a game loaded with massive point swings as the Washington Wizards outlasted the New Orleans Pelicans 116-106 on Tuesday night.

Mike Scott had 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting for the Wizards (17-14), who rebounded from Sunday's 106-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. John Wall finished with 18 points and 10 assists.

Anthony Davis scored 22 of his 37 points in the first half for the Pelicans (15-16), who have dropped three of four.

Washington led by as many as 25 points in the first half, but New Orleans tied the score at 61 with 10:21 remaining in the third quarter after a free throw-heavy surge. The Wizards then closed the quarter with a 32-9 run for a 93-70 lead.

The Pelicans opened the fourth quarter with eight consecutive points but never truly threatened from there.

Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 13 rebounds. New Orleans has surrendered at least 100 points in 12 consecutive games.

The Wizards shot 50 percent from the field en route to defeating the Pelicans for the 11th time in 12 games. New Orleans finished at 42.5 percent.

Davis played 37 minutes despite spraining an ankle in Friday's 117-110 overtime loss at Denver and not starting the second half after tweaking a wrist.

In his fourth game since missing nine consecutive with a knee injury, Wall returned to his All-Star form with 14 points and six assists in the first half, and the Wizards were off and running.

From 36-19 after the first quarter, Washington led 56-33 when Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was hit with a technical foul with 6:36 remaining.

New Orleans then closed the half with a 22-5 run, including an 18-0 spurt with 16 points from the free throw line.

Davis, while putting numerous defenders in foul trouble, went 10 of 10 from the foul line and the Wizards collectively attempted five free throws in the opening half.

New Orleans extended the surge with six consecutive points opening the third quarter, forcing a Washington timeout. The Wizards countered with a 7-0 run and eventually pushed the margin to 91-68.

The Pelicans' starting backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo missed all six shots in the first half. They finished 4 of 14 from the field for 13 points, all by Holiday.

NOTES: Pelicans F E'Twaun Moore had 12 points. ... With F Otto Porter (hip) out, Washington's starting lineup has missed 21-man games this season. The same five-man unit missed 17 all of last season. ... New Orleans made at least 10 3-pointers in 11 games before finishing 5 for 20 in Washington. ... Wizards backup G Tim Frazier served in the same role for the Pelicans last season. ... New Orleans visits Orlando on Friday for its third stop on a four-game road swing. Washington plays at Brooklyn on Friday after a 103-98 road loss to the Nets on Dec. 12.

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