Bradley Beal, John Wall lead Wizards past Grizzlies, 93-87

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Washington. Also seen is Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) and Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24). (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) - John Wall helped the Washington Wizards avoid a bad loss.

Wall had 13 points in his return from a sore knee, Bradley Beal scored 18 points and the Wizards held off the Memphis Grizzlies 93-87 on Wednesday night.

Washington surrendered a 17-point third quarter lead and nearly continued its season-long trend of losing games to inferior teams.

"We have leads but we don't do a great job of stepping on teams' throats and just getting these teams out of the way," said Wall, who had four assists and a blocked shot in 27:37 of playing time.

Unlike some other nights, the Wizards pulled this one out. Beal scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three 3-pointers.

After the Grizzlies took their first lead of the night, 67-65, on James Ennis III's 3-pointer with 8:53 left to play, Washington responded with a 13-0 run and Memphis got no closer than 83-80 the rest of the way.