Washington – The Washington Wizards have played tough defense since the All-Star break. They answered another big challenge on Tuesday night.
John Wall had 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, helping the Wizards to a 109-89 win over Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Washington, which pulled away in the second half of its season-high fourth straight home win. Jared Dudley scored 18 points on six 3-pointers and helped hold Davis in check after he had a monster game at Detroit.
“Tonight we kept giving him different looks, never let him feel comfortable, and anytime I could put pressure on him I did,” Dudley said.
The Wizards have won three of four since the break, holding their opponent under 90 points in each victory.
Wall was 5-for-17 from the field in his second triple-double of the season and fifth of his career. He also had two steals in 31½ minutes.
Davis grabbed 20 more rebounds, but was held to just nine points on 3-for-9 shooting. The All-Star forward had 59 points and 20 rebounds in a 111-106 victory against the Pistons on Sunday.
“They had a guy playing behind him and in front of him the entire game,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We had to have other guys step up and make shots, and we just didn’t shoot the ball very well.”
It was the first time this season that Davis failed to score in double figures when he played at least 20 minutes.
“It’s tough,” he said. “You never get in a rhythm, sometimes you don’t touch the ball, but that’s why you have teammates — other guys gotta play off of that and try to make it work.”
Jazz 117, Rockets 114 (OT)
In Salt Lake City, Gordon Hayward scored 28 points and Utah defeated Houston in a game with significant playoff implications.
The victory moved the Jazz into the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoff race, a half-game ahead of the Rockets.
Kings 114, Nuggets 110
In Denver, DeMarcus Cousins scored 39 points for Sacramento, including the go-ahead free throws with 48.3 seconds left.
Magic 124, 76ers 115
In Philadelphia, Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 35 points against his former team.
Trail Blazers 112, Nets 104,
In Portland, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum each scored 34 points, and the Trail Blazers won their sixth consecutive game.