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Ariza, Wall lead Wizards past Pelicans 102-96

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2014 at 11:08 pm •  Published: January 8, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trevor Ariza scored 21 points and John Wall added 20 to lead the Washington Wizards to a 102-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

Bradley Beal added 17 points, Jan Vesely 12 and Marcin Gortat and Nene 11 each for the Wizards, who recorded their second road win in consecutive nights. Washington has won six of its past seven road games.

Eric Gordon scored 23 points and Anthony Davis 21 for the Pelicans, who were coming off of a four-game road trip that saw them endure a two-day delay in Indianapolis because of the severe winter storms that paralyzed air traffic earlier this week.

Brian Roberts scored 11 points, all in the second half, and Greg Stiemsma 10 for New Orleans, which trailed by as many as 23 in the third quarter.

New Orleans was outrebounded 46-37 and outscored 42-40 in the paint. However, the majority of the Pelicans' interior points came late during a furious fourth-quarter rally that came up short.

The Pelicans trailed 87-66 to begin the fourth quarter, but opened with a 14-4 run to trim the deficit to 91-80 midway through the period. The Wizards committed turnovers on three consecutive possessions during one sloppy stretch and scored only two points during another five-minute span.

New Orleans got within six at 93-87 with 2:56 remaining, but could come no closer.

With the exception of an early two-minute window, Washington dominated the first half, playing with much more energy on the defensive end and controlling the interior. The Wizards made their first five field-goal attempts in racing to an 11-6 lead.

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