WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal scored 25 points, John Wall added 14 points and tied his career high with 16 assists, and the Washington Wizards beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-100 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Martel Webster’s 3-pointer with 42 seconds to play gave the Wizards a 100-98 lead. Beal added two free throws with 12.9 seconds left to make it 102-98.
Webster had 17 points, including five 3-pointers.
Kevin Love led the Timberwolves with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Martin, who was averaging 24.4 points, was held to 11.
The Wizards took an 86-85 lead on Beal’s layup with 10:24 to play and held it until Martin’s two free throws tied it at 95 with 2:23 to play.
Wall hit a jumper with 1:26 to play to give Washington a 97-95 lead, but Martin, who had missed 12 of his first 15 field goals, made a 3-pointer and Minnesota pulled ahead 98-97 with 1:11 remaining.
Washington, which had lost seven of its first nine this season, tried the players-only meeting approach before Tuesday morning’s shootaround.
When coach Randy Wittman was asked about it before the game, he shrugged his shoulders and feigned ignorance.
His mind was on improving his team’s defense.
“We’ve got to get back to being dirty,” Wittman said.
The Timberwolves began a brutal stretch of five games in seven days, their second of the season.
Coach Rick Adelman said that he knew he had to play more than the eight men he’s been regularly using in the stretch.
Minnesota had won seven of its first 11. Adelman, a veteran of 23 seasons as an NBA coach, cautioned his team.
“I keep telling them they haven’t done anything yet,” he said before the game.
Adelman’s team started furiously. A 13-2 first-quarter run put them up by 10, and Love had 16 points by the end of the quarter with the Timberwolves ahead 34-27.
Love played half the second quarter, missed his only shot, and had just one point, but Minnesota led 63-51 in the half.
Wall had seven assists in the third as the Wizards outscored the Timberwolves 30-18 to even the game at 81.
NOTES: Washington F Al Harrington missed his third straight game with a right knee injury. . Wizards F Trevor Ariza missed his second game with a strained right hamstring. . Flip Saunders, who was fired as Washington’s coach, returned to the arena in his new role as Minnesota’s president of basketball operations.MORE IN Sports WireTUSCALOOSA, Ala. Full Story
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