Wizards’ magical run continues
INDIANAPOLIS >> If the Wizards come back from the AllStar break without missing a beat, the nation’s eyes will soon be glued to Washington, D.C. Something special is happening in our nation’s capital — the Wizards are just five games behind the defending champion, firstplace Cleveland Cavaliers, and they are playing some of the best basketball in the NBA over the past six weeks. “I’ve never been this close to winning this many games in my career,” guard John Wall said. “Even after a bad start (to the season) — we had an opportunity and had a lot of home games and took advantage of that. We’re a team that’s playing with a lot of confidence and playing (well) on both ends of the floor.”
Wall scored 20 points and added 12 assists, Otto Porter Jr. made six 3-pointers, finished with 25 points and eight rebounds, and the Wizards won their fourth straight, 111-98 over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday. Washington (34-21) is 18-5 since the beginning of January. On Thursday, the Wizards scored 100 points for the 22nd consecutive game. Markieff Morris scored 21 points and Bradley Beal 19, as each of the Wizards’ starters finished in double digits in scoring. Washington’s starters outscored Indiana’s 97-59. Myles Turner finished with 17 points and nine rebounds for Indiana.
Cal State Fullerton 56, UC Riverside 55
RIVERSIDE, CALIF. >> Kyle Allman scored 11 points and made a layup with 13.1 seconds remaining to lift the Titans (12-12, 6-5) over the Highlanders (7-16, 5-7).
After Riverside took a 55-54 lead, Lionheart Leslie had his shot blocked with 25 seconds left, but Leslie recovered and Allman made the game-winner.
Long Beach State 78, UC Davis 69
LONG BEACH, CALIF. >> Temidayo Yussuf and Evan Payne each scored 18 points, and Payne’s basket at the end of regulation gave Long Beach State momentum into overtime as the 49ers (12-16, 7-5) beat the Aggies (16-10, 8-3).