Beal’s 41 points lead Wizards past Clip­pers

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WASH­ING­TON:

Bradley Beal scored 41 points while Marki­eff Mor­ris had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quar­ter as the Wash­ing­ton Wizards beat the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers 117110 in the NBA on Sun­day. John Wall added 18 points and 11 as­sists for the Wizards. They closed with a 22-8 run to win their third straight game and fifth in six. Blake Grif­fin scored 26 points for the Clip­pers, but was held score­less dur­ing a fourth quar­ter in which coach Doc Rivers was ejected. DeAn­dre Jor­dan added 13 points and 17 re­bounds, and Chris Paul had 13 points and 12 as­sists. Los An­ge­les had won four in a row. Wash­ing­ton shot 80 per­cent (12 of 15) from the floor in the fourth af­ter al­ready com­ing back from an 11-point deficit in the third.

76ERS 108, NETS 107

Joel Em­biid scored 17 of his ca­reer-high 33 points in the third quar­ter and hit a pair of free throws with 12.5 sec­onds left to lead Philadel­phia over Brook­lyn in a matchup of two of the league’s worst teams. Em­biid added 10 re­bounds and Er­san Ilyasova had 22 points for the 76ers, who snapped an eight-game home los­ing streak while win­ning for the third time in 13 games. A lead­ing Rookie of the Year can­di­date, Em­biid was 12 for 17 from the field, in­clud­ing 2 for 3 from be­yond the arc, and 7 for 8 from the freethrow line. Brook Lopez had 22 points, nine re­bounds and eight as­sists for the Nets, who lost their ninth in a row on the road.

JAZZ 82, GRIZ­ZLIES 73

Gor­don Hay­ward scored 22 points and Rudy Gobert had 21 points, 12 re­bounds and three blocks, help­ing Utah win a de­fen­sive bat­tle. The win -Utah’s fourth straight and seventh in the last eight - came af­ter the Jazz broke open a close game with about four min­utes re­main­ing. Boris Diaw, Hay­ward and Shelvin Mack con­nected on a trio of 3-point­ers, turn­ing a 66-all tie into a Jazz win. Diaw had 11 points and Mack had 10. Mike Con­ley led Memphis with 14 points, while Zach Ran­dolph had 12 points and 11 re­bounds. JaMy­chal Green added 10 points and 11 re­bounds. Memphis man­aged only 30 per­cent shoot­ing on the night against the ag­gres­sive Jazz de­fense. That in­cluded the Griz­zlies con­vert­ing only 2 of 23 shots from out­side the arc.

SPURS 113, PEL­I­CANS 100

LaMar­cus Aldridge had 22 points and San An­to­nio paid trib­ute to Tim Dun­can on his jersey re­tire­ment night with a fun­da­men­tally strong per­for­mance. San An­to­nio won its fourth straight over­all and fourth con­sec­u­tive at home af­ter a slow start at the AT&T Cen­ter. The Spurs re­tired Dun­can’s jersey af­ter the game. The fran­chise cor­ner­stone re­tired in the off­sea­son af­ter win­ning five cham­pi­onships and two MVPs in 19 sea­sons, all with San An­to­nio. Dun­can’s style of play led to the nick­name “The Big Fun­da­men­tal,” and the Spurs hon­ored him with their own rather seam­less per­for­mance against the Pel­i­cans.

RAPTORS 109, MAGIC 79

DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas added 16 points and 13 re­bounds, help­ing Toronto beat Or­lando. DeRozan has scored at least 30 points in four straight games and 15 times over­all this sea­son. Toronto ex­ploded in the third quar­ter to open a 20-point lead and has scored 100 points in 14 con­sec­u­tive games, the long­est ac­tive streak in the NBA. Toronto outscored the Magic 29-13 in the third quar­ter to break open a four-point half­time ad­van­tage. Evan Fournier led the Magic with 15 points but was plagued by foul trou­ble try­ing to guard the more phys­i­cal DeMarre Car­roll.

CELTICS 105, HEAT 95

Isa­iah Thomas scored 23 points be­fore get­ting ejected and Avery Bradley added 20 as Bos­ton built a huge early lead on the way to beat­ing Mi­ami. Al Hor­ford had 17 points, eight re­bounds and seven as­sists for the Celtics. They led by 22 in the first half and beat Mi­ami for the fifth con­sec­u­tive time. Mi­ami turned the ball over 23 times, and Bos­ton con­verted those into 24 points. And the Heat, the worst free-throw shoot­ing team in the NBA, went 6 for 14 from the line in the fourth quar­ter. Go­ran Dragic led all scor­ers with 31 points for Mi­ami. Has­san White­side fin­ished with 23 points and 17 re­bounds, all but one of those re­bounds com­ing in the se­cond half. Thomas was ejected with 3:02 left for el­bow­ing Jus­tise Winslow in the face, blood­y­ing the Heat for­ward and be­ing as­sessed with a fla­grant-2 af­ter a lengthy re­view.

MAV­ER­ICKS 99, KINGS 79

Rookie Do­rian Fin­ney-Smith scored a sea­son-high 17 points, lead­ing six Dal­las play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures. Af­ter los­ing to Sacra­mento by 31 points at home 11 days ago, the Mav­er­icks started fast. They made 11 of their first 15 shots and never trailed. Deron Wil­liams, Har­ri­son Barnes and Wes­ley Matthews each scored 15 for Dal­las. De­Mar­cus Cousins scored 33 for Sacra­mento. The Kings were mi­nus sec­ondlead­ing scorer Rudy Gay, who missed his third con­sec­u­tive game be­cause of a strained right hip flexor.—AP

PHILADEL­PHIA: Brook­lyn Nets’ Brook Lopez, top, tries to dunk against Philadel­phia 76ers’ Robert Cov­ing­ton dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game, Sun­day, in Philadel­phia. —AP

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