The Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night in Memphis, despite a career effort from Bradley Beal. Beal, who was the third pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, poured in a career high 37 points on 15-24 shooting from the field, going 5-7 from beyond the arc in the process.
Despite Beal’s outpouring, no one else on the Wizards did much else offensively. The rest of the team combined to go 2-17 from behind the arc. Nene Hilario was the team’s second leading scorer with 17 points and the next highest scorers were Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat with 10 points each. John Wall, who leads the team in scoring and assists, played easily his worst game of the season and one of his worst games of his career. Wall managed to score only five points to go along with five assists and missed a potential game tying three-pointer as time expired.
The Grizzlies improved to 7-3 in their past 10 games, and remain one of the Western Conference’s hottest teams. Marc Gasol and Nick Calathes lead the way for them, each scoring 18 points.
The Wizards have struggled as of late, dropping three of their past four games. They currently sit at sixth in an extremely weak Eastern Conference that sees only four teams above .500.
It doesn’t get any easier for Washington either. They take on a Houston Rockets team tonight that has won eight of their last 10 games, including six straight.