WASHINGTON (AP) — Marcin Gortat had a season high 24 points and 13 rebounds, Bradley Beal scored 12 points and the Washington Wizards beat the New Orleans Pelicans 83-80 on Saturday night.
The Wizards trailed only once — when Anthony Davis, who led New Orleans with 30 points, dunked to give the Pelicans a 78-77 lead with 3:48 remaining.
Paul Pierce hit a layup and a 3-pointer, and Washington led 81-77 with 2:13 to play.
Tyreke Evans missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied the score with 1.7 seconds to play.
Gortat was 5 for 7 from the field in the third quarter as the Wizards, who never trailed, built a 65-57 lead after three.
New Orleans has lost a season-high three straight. Davis had 13 rebounds, but the NBA blocked shot leader, had none for the first time in 15 games this season.
The Pelicans had a season-low 12 assists and lost on consecutive nights. In their first three back-to-backs this season they had lost the first and won the second game.
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