Bradley Beal scored 17 points, one of seven Washington players in double digits, and the Wizards led the Memphis Grizzlies 115-87 Friday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Bradley Beal scored 17 points, one of seven double-digit Washington players, and the Wizards led the Memphis Grizzlies 115-87 Friday night.
The Wizards held Memphis to 35% shooting from the field. Washington led 60-47 at the break and went on a 23-6 run in the third quarter that opened the game.
Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Grizzlies with 13 points and Ja Morant added 11.
Montrezl Harrell had 18 points and eight rebounds for Washington. Daniel Gafford and Raul Neto contributed 15 pieces.
The Wizards shot 71% from the field in the first quarter, and in the end, Memphis could not keep up. Washington led 56-44 after Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer in the second, and the lead was back on the single digit only shortly after that.
It was 66-57 before the Wizards went on their big third quarter. Kentavious Caldwell-Popes 3 made it 75-59. A dunk by Harrell made it 87-63, and then Aaron Holiday added a layup.
Grizzlies: Memphis had won its previous four games against Washington. … The Grizzlies were away in this particular match after three at home in a row. Their next three are also at home. … This was the most lopsided loss of the season for Memphis, though two of the team’s three other defeats have also been by at least 20 points. … The Grizzlies went 6 of 31 from 3-point range.
Wizards: This was Washington’s most crooked victory of the season. The Wizards had not beaten anyone else by more than 15.… Washington had 19 turnovers for the Grizzlies’ nine. … Kuzma scored 13 points and Caldwell-Pope and Spencer Dinwiddie added 12 each.
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Steven Adams of the Grizzlies and Beal came on the day as the only players in the NBA who had attempted at least 15 free throws this season without missing anyone. Adams is now 16 out of 17 after missing a Friday.
Beal made all three of them and is now 35 out of 35.
Grizzlies: Hosted Minnesota Monday night.
Wizards: Host Milwaukee Sunday night.
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