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Beal back in win, hits key late FTs

WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 19 and backcourt mate Bradley Beal had 11 in his return from injury to help the Wizards beat the Bucks 106-101 on Wednesday night.

Beal came off the bench and played 22 minutes in his first game since Dec. 9. The former Gator standout had been sidelined with a stress reaction in his lower right leg.

Ramon Sessions added 15 points and Jared Dudley had 13 for Washington, including two late 3-pointers to help preserve a third straight win.

Khris Middleton scored 25 to lead Milwaukee, which allowed 36 points off a season-high 27 turnovers in its fourth loss in the past six games.

Greg Monroe added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Bucks, who erased a 19-point second-quarter deficit and led 74-71 after three. Washington opened the fourth with a 22-6 run.

Milwaukee got within three in the final moments before Beal hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds to play.

NETS END HOME SKID: Brook Lopez scored 20, Thaddeus Young had 19 points and 11 rebounds and the Nets ended their 10-game home losing streak with a 110-104 victory over the Knicks. The Nets also ended a five-game overall skid with their first victory under interim coach Tony Brown, who took over when coach Lionel Hollins was fired and general manager Billy King was reassigned Sunday. Joe Johnson made two key late jumpers and finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Nets in their first home victory since beating Philadelphia on Dec. 10. Derrick Williams tied his career high with 31 points for the Knicks, who played without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony (sprained right ankle).

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kemba Walker scored 23 and the host Hornets pulled away in the second half to beat the Hawks 107-84 and stop a seven-game losing streak. Cody Zeller added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Jeremy Lin had 19 points for Charlotte, which led by as much as 35. Paul Millsap scored 20 for the Hawks, who shot 37 percent (30-of-81). Leading by nine at halftime, Charlotte stretched its lead to 22 in the third quarter then opened the fourth quarter with a 21-8 run.

CLIPPERS' JORDAN FINALLY SITS: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was scratched against the Heat because of pneumonia, ending the NBA's longest active consecutive games streak at 360. Jordan last missed a game on March 23, 2011, after being diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia. He has been sick for at least the past four days, coach Doc Rivers said. His streak was the second longest in franchise history behind Randy Smith's 595 straight with the Buffalo Braves.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Heat guard Goran Dragic will miss at least three games with a strained left calf and has been sent home from a road trip. The earliest he could return is Tuesday when the Bucks visit. … As one key Magic player prepares to return from injury, another might be sidelined for today's game in London against the Raptors. Point guard Elfrid Payton, who has missed the past four games with a bone bruise in his left ankle, participated fully in practice. But forward Aaron Gordon stepped on a teammate's foot, sprained his right ankle and sat out the rest of practice. Gordon said of the ankle: "It's okay. Not great." … Bulls forward Joakim Noah is, in his ninth season out of Florida, not used to facing an uncertain future or answering questions about a limited role or trade speculation. During an interview, three times he admitted he didn't know what to say. Twice, he apologized for not giving better answers. "I mean, I don't know what to say. I wasn't expecting to play such a limited role," Noah said. "I'm trying to stay focused on what I can do to help. That's it. It's not about complaining. I want to be part of solutions and try to help figure it out." The former Gator standout is scheduled to make his second start of the season tonight at the 76ers. Pau Gasol will rest a sore left shoulder and Achilles tendon.

Nets 110, Knicks 104

NEW YORK (104): Thomas 2-10 1-2 6, Porzingis 5-17 2-3 12, R.Lopez 4-8 1-2 9, Calderon 6-12 0-0 16, Afflalo 8-16 0-0 18, Galloway 3-4 0-0 6, Grant 2-6 2-5 6, Williams 11-17 9-11 31, Vujacic 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-91 15-23 104.

BROOKLYN (110): Johnson 6-12 0-0 14, Young 9-18 1-2 19, B.Lopez 8-13 4-6 20, Sloan 3-6 0-0 8, Ellington 5-10 0-0 10, Reed 1-3 0-0 2, Larkin 6-10 4-4 17, Karasev 0-0 0-0 0, Bogdanovic 4-5 2-2 14, Bargnani 2-6 0-0 4, Robinson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 45-86 11-14 110.

New York 20 31 24 29— 104

Brooklyn 29 25 20 36— 110

3-Point GoalsNew York 7-22 (Calderon 4-6, Afflalo 2-5, Thomas 1-3, Grant 0-1, Vujacic 0-1, Porzingis 0-3, Williams 0-3), Brooklyn 9-17 (Bogdanovic 4-5, Sloan 2-3, Johnson 2-4, Larkin 1-2, Bargnani 0-1, Ellington 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 52 (R.Lopez 12), Brooklyn 50 (Young 11). AssistsNew York 19 (Galloway 5), Brooklyn 24 (Johnson 6). Total FoulsNew York 13, Brooklyn 15. A17,732 (17,732).

Hornets 107, Hawks 84

ATLANTA (84): Bazemore 3-9 2-4 9, Millsap 7-12 5-5 20, Horford 1-4 0-0 2, Teague 3-10 2-3 9, Korver 2-6 1-1 7, Schroder 3-13 0-0 6, Splitter 2-3 0-0 4, Hardaway Jr. 1-4 1-1 3, Scott 2-6 2-2 8, Holiday 1-5 2-2 4, Muscala 2-3 0-0 4, Mack 3-6 2-3 8. Totals 30-81 17-21 84.

CHARLOTTE (107): Hairston 1-6 2-2 5, Williams 3-9 0-0 8, Zeller 6-10 7-8 19, Walker 9-13 1-1 23, Batum 2-5 1-1 6, Lin 5-11 8-8 19, Kaminsky 2-7 0-0 6, Lamb 3-4 0-0 6, Hawes 1-3 0-0 3, Daniels 2-6 0-0 5, Roberts 1-3 2-2 4, Hansbrough 1-2 1-4 3, Harrison 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 36-82 22-26 107.

Atlanta 19 17 22 26— 84

Charlotte 20 25 35 27— 107

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 7-25 (Korver 2-4, Scott 2-6, Teague 1-1, Millsap 1-2, Bazemore 1-4, Horford 0-1, Mack 0-1, Hardaway Jr. 0-1, Schroder 0-2, Holiday 0-3), Charlotte 13-40 (Walker 4-6, Kaminsky 2-4, Williams 2-6, Hawes 1-3, Batum 1-4, Daniels 1-4, Hairston 1-5, Lin 1-6, Lamb 0-1, Harrison 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 43 (Muscala, Millsap, Schroder 5), Charlotte 62 (Zeller 10). AssistsAtlanta 17 (Schroder 6), Charlotte 26 (Batum 10). Total FoulsAtlanta 21, Charlotte 24. TechnicalsCharlotte defensive three second 2. A15,334 (19,077).

Wizards 106, Bucks 101

MILWAUKEE (101): Antetokounmpo 6-11 7-9 19, Parker 9-13 4-5 22, Monroe 8-13 5-9 21, Carter-Williams 2-6 0-0 4, Middleton 9-17 6-7 25, Henson 2-4 0-0 4, Mayo 1-3 0-0 2, O'Bryant 0-1 2-4 2, Vaughn 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 38-72 24-34 101.

WASHINGTON (106): Porter 4-12 1-2 10, Dudley 5-10 0-0 13, Nene 5-7 2-3 12, Wall 6-14 6-8 19, Temple 4-8 0-0 11, Gooden 2-7 1-2 5, Beal 3-8 4-4 11, Sessions 6-11 2-3 15, Neal 1-1 0-0 3, Blair 1-3 0-0 2, Oubre Jr. 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 38-84 18-24 106.

Milwaukee 18 25 31 27— 101

Washington 29 27 15 35— 106

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 1-8 (Middleton 1-5, Antetokounmpo 0-1, Vaughn 0-2), Washington 12-27 (Temple 3-6, Dudley 3-6, Neal 1-1, Sessions 1-2, Beal 1-2, Oubre Jr. 1-2, Wall 1-3, Porter 1-4, Gooden 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 58 (Monroe 12), Washington 38 (Dudley 6). AssistsMilwaukee 23 (Carter-Williams, Antetokounmpo 6), Washington 27 (Wall 8). Total FoulsMilwaukee 21, Washington 26. A16,248 (20,308).

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