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    Bradley Beal's 43, Westbrook triple-double power Wizards past NBA-leading Jazz

    Mar 19, 2021
    Bradley Beal escapes Rudy Gobert's block attempt with a reverse layup.
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    WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal scored 43 points, Russell Westbrook had 35 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in his 13th triple-double of the season and the Washington Wizards beat the Utah Jazz 131-122 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time).

    Washington broke a five-game losing streak overall and a nine-game skid against Utah.

    Donovan Mitchell equaled a season high with 42 points for the Jazz, who at 29-11 still have the NBA's best record but have lost four of six in March. Joe Ingles added a career-high 34 points, including eight 3-pointers.

    It was Beal's fifth 40-point game of the season. Westbrook's 15 rebounds equaled a season high.

    Washington scored 13 straight to take a 23-12 lead with 5:02 to play in the first quarter. The Wizards increased their lead to 64-40 just before halftime, and the Jazz got no closer than 112-105 with 6:20 to play.

    Rui Hachimura contributed 12 points as fellow Asian-American Jordan Clarkson was limited to just 7 points.

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    Jazz: G Mike Conley was rested ahead of Friday's game at Toronto. Coach Quin Snyder likes to rest Conley in back-to-backs, and said because the team played Tuesday, it would give him two days of rest before and after the game against the Raptors. … C Rudy Gobert missed the first seven free throws he attempted and was assessed a technical foul in the fourth quarter. He had 13 rebounds. … Mitchell scored 20 points in the third quarter.

    Wizards: Their last win against Utah came on Feb. 18, 2016. … Even though they've won just 15 games, have recorded a win against each of the top six teams in the Western Conference. … F Davis Bertans played just four minutes due to tightness in his right calf. … Westbrook grabbed his 5,000th defensive rebound.

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      Wizards: Visit the Nets on Sunday.
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      Bradley Beal escapes Rudy Gobert's block attempt with a reverse layup.
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