Wizards 110, Kings 92
John Wall had 21 points and nine assists, Marcin Gortat scored 18 and Washington beat visiting Sacramento on Monday night for its third consecutive win.
Otto Porter Jr. and reserve Mike Scott chipped in 15 points apiece as six Wizards scored in double figures.
After losing to the Mavericks 113-99 in the opener of a four-game homestand, the Wizards outscored the Lakers, Hawks and Kings by an average of 111-94.
George Hill led Sacramento with 16 points, while Zach Randolph and Buddy Hield each had 12. The Kings have lost the first two games on their three-game road trip.
Wall was 8-of-9 from the field, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range. In two games against the Kings, he has 40 points and is 9 for 10 from long distance. In his other 10 games, he is 5-for-32.
Washington led by six at halftime and hit its first five shots — two by Bradley Beal — in the third quarter to extend the lead to 70-56. The Wizards built the margin to 22 late in the quarter.
The Wizards shot 51.8 percent (44-of-85), while the Kings made 40.5 percent (34-of-84). The Kings were 12-of-23 (52.3 percent) from 3-point range.
Washington outrebounded Sacramento 50-34. The Wizards had 30 assists and just 12 turnovers, while the Kings turned it over only 10 times.
The Kings led 32-25 after one but the Wizards’ reserves, paced by Scott and Kelly Oubre Jr., went on a 15-2 run to start the second quarter.
Sacramento briefly regained the lead before Wall and the Wizards’ starters returned and mounted a 17-8 run, good for a 57-51 halftime lead.
Pelicans 106, Hawks 105
Darius Miller hit four three pointers in the fourth quarter, when he scored 14 of his 21 points, and host New Orleans survived a sloppy performance to beat struggling Atlanta.
DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Anthony Davis added 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Pelicans, who’ve won five of six. E’Twaun Moore tied a career high with 24 points for New Orleans.
Kent Bazemore scored 22 points for the Hawks, who led by as many as 14 points before fading to lose their fourth in a row.
Bazemore also missed a crucial free throw with 37.1 seconds left. Atlanta still had a chance to take a late lead, but Dennis Schroder’s errant pass toward Tyler Cavenaugh sailed out of bounds with 3.2 seconds to go.
Davis’ late turnover — New Orleans’ 19th in the game — gave Atlanta one last desperation shot with about a second left, but Bazemore was unable to get a clean look at his 3-point attempt over Jrue Holiday, and the shot fell short.
Bucks 110, Grizzlies 103
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead host Milwaukee. Khris Middleton and John Henson had 17 points apiece as Milwaukee won its third in a row.
Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Memphis, and Dillon Brooks added 19 points.
After the Bucks threatened to pull away late in the third, Evans scored nine consecutive points to pull Memphis into an 84-all tie early in the fourth quarter.
Memphis pulled ahead on Dillon Brooks’ 3-pointer with about nine minutes left. Milwaukee tied it on Tony Snell’s corner 3. A soft drop-in by Antetokounmpo put the Bucks ahead 100-96 with just under five minutes remaining, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Bucks got off to a strong start, shooting 65 percent from the field in the first quarter, including 6 for 6 on 3-pointers, to takea 34-29 lead.
NBA: John Wall scores 21 to lead Washington Wizards
Wizards 110, Kings 92