Wizards 127, Suns 105

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 16, 2013
Martell Webster scored a career-high 34 points and became the Washington Wizards' first 30-point scorer this season in a 127-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. John Wall added 17 points and 11 assists as Washington won its fourth straight at home and third straight overall while setting its season high in scoring. Emeka Okafor added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Washington snapped a 10-game losing streak to Phoenix, dating to 2006. Michael Beasley scored 21 points and Goran Dragic added 12 points and 11 assists as the Suns lost their fourth straight and their sixth of eight in March. Phoenix now owns the worst record in the Western Conference, a half-game behind idle New Orleans. Webster matched a career high with seven 3-pointers, his last coming on the left wing just moments into the fourth quarter to make it 105-84. Webster shrugged toward his bench after the basket, then followed with a reverse dunk to push it to 109-86. Webster has hit four or more 3-pointers in the last five games, a Wizards franchise record, while shooting 55 percent (26 of 47). He took just 10 3-point attempts Saturday. Wall, meanwhile, has had nine or more assists in his last four games, and followed a 12-for-15 effort in Friday's win over New Orleans with an efficient 8-of-11 shooting night Saturday. Phoenix actually led on Beasley's late second-quarter 3-pointer to make it 50-49. But Washington opened a 64-52 lead on a 15-2 run helped by technical fouls given to Phoenix's Jermaine O'Neal and coach Lindsey Hunter. Webster hit both resulting foul shots, the latter to end the run after Wall's transition dunk, and the Wizards led 66-59 after their highest-scoring first half of the season. Washington put it away in the third, going on a 17-6 run capped by Trevor Booker's putback. And Webster's individual brilliance pushed the lead even larger in the fourth. Notes: Washington rookie G Bradley Beal (sprained left ankle) returned to action after missing six straight games, entering late in the first quarter . Suns C O'Neal made just his second start of the season. He came off the bench for the last two games, after missing the previous four for personal reasons . Phoenix received four first-half technical fouls (illegal defense, Michael Beasley, O'Neal, Hunter).
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