Wizards hold off struggling Grizzlies
The Washington Wizards almost blew a 15 point fourth quarter lead, but held on to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 102-100 at the FedEx Forum in Tennessee.
Leading the way for the visitors was Bradley Beal, as the 24-year old shooting guard from St. Louis, Missouri scored a game high 34 points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out five assists.
Beal continues to improve for the Wizards, as the Florida alumnus has solidified his stock as one of the top shooting guards in the Eastern Conference.
Washington struggled in the final frame, as the Wizards only scored 15 points in the fourth quarter on Friday.
The Wizards continue to be the last of the above average teams in the Eastern Conference alongside the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors atop the East.
Memphis was led in defeat by Tyreke Evans, as the 28-year old journeyman from Chester, Pennsylvania scored a team high 26 points while passing out seven assists and grabbing five rebounds for the game.
This season has not been what the Grizzlies had been hoping for. With Mike Conley once again injured Memphis has been a shell of their former selves.
The hosts currently sit at almost the bottom of the Western Conference with a record of 12-27, a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, but this year's NBA Draft could be worth the down season.
The Wizards head home to host the Milwaukee Bucks at the Capital One Arena on Saturday, while the Grizzlies welcome the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
Washington are 4999/1 to win the Eastern Conference title this season and 4999/1 for NBA Finals glory.
Cleveland are 4/9 to retain their crown in the East.
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