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.