John Wall set the table the way a point guard should, and sharpshooter Bradley Beal closed the show for the Wizards, who returned to .500 for the fifth time Friday night after a hard-fought victory at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix.
Wall was steady throughout for the Wizards (21-21), tallying 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting, a game-high 12 assists, two steals and only two turnovers. Trevor Ariza led all scorers with 23 points on 6-for-14 shooting, seven rebounds and four steals. Nene had 18 points and eight rebounds and Marcin Gortat, who was traded from the Suns (24-18) before the season, had 14 points and five rebounds.
Beal, who still is playing on a 30-minute restriction stemming from a stress reaction in his lower right leg, had 17 points. He returned for the last three minutes of the fourth quarter with the score tied at 93 after a hook shoot by Miles Plumlee. Beal responded with a three-pointer, Nene made 1 of 2 free throws and then Beal sealed it with a lane jumper with 27 seconds left for a 99-95 lead and a transition dunk to set the final margin.
Wall had come under fire from coach Randy Wittman, and himself, for taking 29 shots -- 13 more than Beal and only making nine of them 00 in a surprising overtime loss to the depleted Boston Celtics at Verizon Center on Wednesday.
But they've won four of their last five road games and now have a winning record at 11-10.
Turning point: The Wizards trailed 59-51 with 11:51 in the third quarter but went on a 14-4 run, sparked by five points from Ariza, to lead 82-76 going into the fourth.
Key stat: The Wizards held a 44-30 edge in rebounding, including 19-9 on the offensive end.
Sick leave: F Martell Webster (flu) was a late scratch so rookie Otto Porter played the most minutes (19) since Dec. 28. Porter only shot 1-for-6 for two points but he made some key hustle plays in the second quarter to help Washington go on a 10-1 run to regain the lead before falling down 57-51 at the half. Porter fed Gortat for a sweeping hook shot as he cut to the basket, he forced Marcus Morris to mishandle a pass from Goran Dragic that led to a turnover and P.J. Tucker stepped on the sideline when Porter ran him off the three-point line in transition.
Blurred lines: Leandro Barbosa, Nene's countryman the "Brazilian Blur" who signed another 10-day contract recently with the Suns, was acquired by the Wizards in a trade with the Boston Celtics last season that was designed to get rid of Jordan Crawford. Barbosa had a knee injury and was done for the season and didn't play a game in Washington, which used his salary slot in the off-season. Barbosa came off the bench for Phoenix to score 10 points in 21 minutes.
Up next: The Wizards left immediately after the game for Salt Lake City, where they'll play the Utah Jazz on Saturday (CSN+, 9 p.m. ET).