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Ariza, Beal help Wizards beat Suns 101-95

  • Article by: BOB BAUM
  • Associated Press
  • January 24, 2014 - 11:05 PM

PHOENIX — Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, Bradley Beal sank a pair of crucial shots down the stretch and the Washington Wizards opened a four-game road trip Friday night with a 101-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Beal's 3-pointer with 2:03 left gave the Wizards the lead for good at 96-93. His 15-footer made it 99-95 with 26.9 seconds to go, then he finished with a game-ending dunk.

John Wall had 18 points and 12 assists for the Wizards. Nene added 18, Beal 17 points and ex-Sun Marcin Gortat 14 for Washington.

Goran Dragic had 19 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who stumbled after a 24-point blowout of Indiana two nights earlier. Channing Frye scored 16, Miles Plumlee 14 and Markieff Morris 13 for Phoenix.

After making 11 of 16 3-pointers against Indiana, the Suns were 7 of 22 against Washington, just 1 of 12 in the second half.

Washington, which pulled back to .500 with the win, outrebounded Phoenix 44-30, 19-9 on the offensive boards.

The Suns rallied from an eight-point deficit late to tie it at 93 on Plumlee's hook shot with 2:43 to go. But P.J. Tucker missed two free throws that would have given Phoenix the lead, then Beal made the go-ahead 3.

Nene made one of two free throws with 1:38 to go to boost the lead to 97-93 with 1:38 left and Plumlee's dunk on a pass from Dragic cut it to 97-95 with 41.9 seconds to go. Beal's 15-footer with 26.9 seconds left put Washington ahead 99-95, then after a pair of missed 3s by the Suns, his dunk ended the victorious night.

Phoenix led 57-51 at the half and was up 59-51 after Frye opened the third quarter with a basket.

Then Washington took off on 17-4 run. Suns coach Jeff Hornacek drew a technical during the outburst for complaining about an offensive foul call on Dragic. Nene's driving layup capped the run and put the Wizards up 68-63 with 7:06 left in the third quarter.

The Suns came back to tie it at 71, then the Wizards scored the next six, Trevor Booker's fast-break layup giving Washington a 76-71 lead with 3:35 left in the quarter.

Gortat missed a pair of free throws as the third quarter ended, and Washington led 82-76 entering the fourth.

Nene's dunk put the Wizards up 89-81 with 8:17 to go, then Dragic led the Suns back. He sank a 16-footer, Gerald Green got a layup after Nene's turnover, then Dragic scored on a driving layup to cut Washington's lead to 89-87 with 6:13 to go. But Dragic missed a layup in traffic that would have tied it and Nene rambled down the lane for a dunk and Washington led 91-87 5:28 from the finish.

There were 19 lead changes in the game and neither team led by double figures.

NOTES: Wizards F Martell Webster sat out the game with the flu. ... Hornacek says rookie G Archie Goodwin would play two games for Phoenix's D-League in Bakersfield, then rejoin the Suns Sunday in Cleveland. ... The Wizards opened a stretch of four road games in five nights. ... The Suns begin a four-game, five-night trip Sunday in Cleveland.

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