Instant analysis: Wizards 102, Pelicans 96

Instant analysis: Wizards 102, Pelicans 96
January 8, 2014, 10:30 pm
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Highlights: Wizards 102 - Pelicans 96

(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

The Wizards are one game from reaching a .500 overall record again, after Wednesday's 102-96 win in New Orleans against the Pelicans they're now a .500 team on the road. It was their sixth victory in seven games away from Verizon Center and they're 11-4 when score 100 or more points. 

The Wizards (16-17) led by as many as 23 points and withstood a late run from the Pelicans, who cut the deficit to 93-87 on a four-point play from Brian Roberts and a three-point play by Austin Rivers, to win their second consecutive game of a back-to-back. 

However, Trevor Ariza's three-pointer silenced the crowd at New Orleans Arena. Ariza led six players in double figures with 21 points on 9-for-16 shooting. John Wall had 20 points on 6-for-14 shooting, Bradley Beal contributed 17 on 6 of 13 and Marcin Gortat only shot 3-for-10 but had 11 points, a game-high 14 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. 

Eric Gordon led the Pelicans (15-19) with 23 and Anthony Davis had 21.

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Turning point: New Orleans scored the first eight points of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 61-52, but Washington responded with a 16-2 run. Wall found Beal, who made his team's first field goal more than three minutes into the period, for three consecutive three-pointers in the spurt to lead by as many as 23. 

Best in show: Jan Vesely and Garrett Temple. Sure, other players had better statistics but Temple, a 6-6 combo guard, had his best game of the season, tying Wall with a game-high six assists. Vesely led all bench scorers with 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting, and added seven rebounds and a block. 

Hustle play: With the Pelicans trying to steal a victory with less than a minute left and the score 98-91, Wall picked the pocket of Roberts, hit the floor, grabbed the loose ball and called a timeout. 

Around the bend: The Wizards left for Indianapolis after this game, where they'll likely be off Thursday before playing at the Pacers on Friday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).

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