Bradley Beal scored 20 points and Nene had 11 points and nine rebounds as the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 90-84 on Monday night for their third straight victory. A.J. Price and Martell Webster each added 12 points for the Wizards, who won for just the fifth time in 27 road games this season. Washington’s road record is the worst in the NBA.
John Wall had 10 points and seven assists, and Emeka Okafor had eight points and 13 rebounds as the Wizards won for the 14th time in 23 games.
The third overall pick in June last year’s draft, and the Eastern Conference rookie of the month in December last year and last month, Beal has scored 20 points or more in four of the past six.
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and Kyle Lowry had 18 for the Raptors, who had won six of their previous seven.
It was a rough night for Toronto’s Rudy Gay, who missed his first six field goal attempts before scoring on a driving dunk one minute into the fourth quarter. Gay shot one-for-11 and finished with seven points, one more than his season low, set on Dec. 22 in Houston, Texas, when he played for Memphis.
A three-point play by DeRozan cut Toronto’s deficit to 79-72 with 3 minutes, 38 seconds left. Thirty seconds later, Gay was fouled with a chance to cut it to five, but he missed the second free throw.
Nene answered with a dunk and, after a basket by Lowry, Trevor Ariza made a layup to make it 83-75 with 2:13 remaining.
DeRozan made a pair of free throws with 1:57 left, but could only make one of two when he went back to the line with 1:04 remaining, leaving Toronto down 83-78.
Wall nearly lost the ball at midcourt on the next possession, but kept the play alive by calling timeout. After the stoppage, he streaked in to score a layup, giving the Wizards an 85-78 edge with 45 seconds left.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Lowry cut it to 89-84 with seven seconds to go, but Garrett Temple sealed it by making of two at the line.
Okafor led all scorers with six points in the first quarter, including a fast-break slam dunk in the final second that gave the Wizards a 17-16 lead.
Beal scored seven points in the second and Price had five to give the Wizards a 40-32 lead at the half.
Toronto’s 32 points at the break matched their season low. The Raptors also had 32 first-half points in an 88-82 loss to Memphis on Feb. 20.
Lowry’s three-pointer with 4:14 left in the third tied it at 49-all, but Washington scored the next seven points and closed the quarter on a 14-5 run. Beal scored nine in the third as the Wizards took a 63-54 lead into the fourth.
NUGGETS 119, LAKERS 108
In Denver, Colorado, Wilson Chandler scored 23 points in place of an injured Danilo Gallinari, and Ty Lawson added 22 in the Denver Nuggets’ 119-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
Gallinari, the Nuggets’ leading scorer, sat out with a bruised left thigh. He was not needed as the Nuggets won their ninth straight game at home, snapped the Lakers’ four-game winning streak and took the season series from their long-time nemesis 3-1.
The Lakers, who were shut out on the offensive glass in the first half, wanted to slow down the Nuggets, but Denver outscored Los Angeles 33-3 in fast-break points.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 29 points, and Dwight Howard added 15 points and 14 boards, but missed 11 of his last 12 free throws.