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Ex-Gator Beal improvises in Wizards' win

WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal didn't have a plan. What he had was a good move.

Beal, a former Gator, made a jumper with 0.3 seconds left Monday night, lifting the short-handed Wizards to a 101-99 win over the Thunder, which missed 16 straight shots at one stretch.

Beal used a pump fake to get open for the 16-footer that gave the Wizards (5-28) their second win this season over last year's NBA finalists.

"I didn't know what I was going to do to be honest with you," Beal said. "Coach just said go make a play."

The Wizards (5-28) had lost 13 of their previous 14. Beal and Martell Webster led Washington with 22 points each.

Game highlights: Paul Pierce scored 23 and the visiting Celtics beat the Knicks 102-96. Kevin Garnett added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who won without point guard Rajon Rondo, who was suspended for making contact with a referee during Sunday's game against the Hawks. … Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the host Bulls to an 118-92 rout of the Cavaliers. Former Gator Joakim Noah added 11 points. … Eric Gordon scored six straight points in a fourth-quarter spurt and 24 overall to lead the host Hornets to a 95-88 victory over the Spurs. … Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 27, including four 3-pointers, and the host Jazz defeated the Mavericks 100-94.

Around the league: Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill will miss the Lakers' upcoming road trip. Howard has a torn labrum in his right shoulder, and Gasol has a concussion after taking an elbow in the face in Sunday night's loss to Denver. Hill, a key backup, has a right hip injury. The biggest concern is Howard, who hurt his shoulder in Friday's loss to the Clippers and aggravated Sunday. The six-time All-Star center said he'll sit out for at least a week before his injury is re-evaluated. … Timberwolves forward Kevin Love met with doctors in the Twin Cities to evaluate his broken right hand and will consult with a specialist in New York this week, president of basketball operations David Kahn said. "I certainly think he'll be out for a number of weeks," Kahn said. … The Pacers signed coach Frank Vogel to a contract extension. The team did not provide details about the new deal.

Wizards 101, Thunder 99

OKLAHOMA CITY (99): Durant 9-19 9-10 29, Ibaka 12-17 1-2 26, Perkins 0-2 0-0 0, Sefolosha 5-7 2-2 14, Westbrook 4-17 8-10 17, K.Martin 3-12 2-2 8, Collison 0-0 1-2 1, Thabeet 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 1-5 0-0 2, Liggins 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 34-80 25-30 99.

WASHINGTON (101): Webster 7-14 4-5 22, Seraphin 8-20 3-4 19, Okafor 5-10 2-2 12, Beal 7-17 3-3 22, Temple 3-8 2-2 9, Ariza 1-6 1-2 3, Price 2-6 0-0 4, Vesely 5-6 0-0 10, Singleton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-87 15-18 101.

Oklahoma City 20 33 20 26— 99

Washington 30 21 25 25— 101

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 6-25 (Sefolosha 2-3, Durant 2-6, Ibaka 1-2, Westbrook 1-6, Jackson 0-2, K.Martin 0-6), Washington 10-18 (Beal 5-7, Webster 4-6, Temple 1-3, Ariza 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 50 (Ibaka, Perkins 11), Washington 53 (Okafor 12). AssistsOklahoma City 21 (Durant, Westbrook 8), Washington 20 (Price 5). Total FoulsOklahoma City 14, Washington 20. A16,917 (20,308).

Celtics 102, Knicks 96

BOSTON (102): Bass 3-3 0-0 6, Pierce 10-18 0-0 23, Garnett 6-11 7-7 19, Terry 1-7 0-0 2, Bradley 6-11 0-0 13, Green 5-10 5-6 16, Sullinger 3-5 4-4 10, Lee 2-6 0-0 5, Barbosa 3-3 2-3 8. Totals 39-74 18-20 102.

NEW YORK (96): Anthony 6-26 4-7 20, Camby 2-4 0-0 4, Chandler 4-6 5-6 13, Kidd 3-5 0-0 8, Brewer 1-4 0-0 3, Smith 7-18 6-7 24, Stoudemire 4-6 5-6 13, Prigioni 1-3 0-0 2, Novak 3-4 0-0 9, Copeland 0-0 0-0 0, White 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-76 20-26 96.

Boston 22 31 23 26— 102

New York 21 35 16 24— 96

3-Point GoalsBoston 6-18 (Pierce 3-9, Green 1-1, Lee 1-2, Bradley 1-3, Terry 0-3), New York 14-32 (Smith 4-9, Anthony 4-12, Novak 3-3, Kidd 2-3, Brewer 1-3, Prigioni 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 38 (Garnett 10), New York 50 (Chandler 17). AssistsBoston 26 (Pierce 6), New York 19 (Kidd 6). Total FoulsBoston 21, New York 21. TechnicalsGarnett, Pierce, Anthony, Prigioni. A19,033 (19,763).

Hornets 95, Spurs 88

SAN ANTONIO (88): Leonard 4-6 0-0 10, Duncan 5-14 3-3 13, Splitter 2-4 4-4 8, Parker 7-11 2-4 16, Green 0-5 0-0 0, Ginobili 7-13 5-5 21, Diaw 2-5 1-2 5, Jackson 2-6 1-2 6, Neal 4-9 0-0 9, Bonner 0-0 0-0 0, De Colo 0-0 0-0 0, Mills 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-73 16-20 88.

NEW ORLEANS (95): Aminu 2-5 0-0 4, Davis 8-13 1-2 17, Lopez 4-6 0-0 8, Vasquez 6-10 1-2 14, Gordon 9-22 6-6 24, Anderson 4-13 2-2 13, Smith 4-4 0-0 8, Rivers 0-2 0-0 0, Roberts 2-6 0-0 5, Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Sloan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-83 10-12 95.

San Antonio 19 22 24 23— 88

New Orleans 24 25 21 25— 95

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 6-21 (Leonard 2-4, Ginobili 2-5, Neal 1-2, Jackson 1-4, Diaw 0-1, Parker 0-1, Green 0-4), New Orleans 5-13 (Anderson 3-6, Roberts 1-1, Vasquez 1-2, Aminu 0-1, Gordon 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 44 (Duncan 8), New Orleans 45 (Aminu 10). AssistsSan Antonio 20 (Ginobili 4), New Orleans 23 (Vasquez 11). Total FoulsSan Antonio 15, New Orleans 15. A11,599 (17,188).

Bulls 118, Cavaliers 92

CLEVELAND (92): Gee 2-7 3-4 8, Thompson 6-12 2-2 14, Zeller 2-8 2-4 6, Irving 4-11 5-6 15, Miles 5-11 1-1 15, Waiters 6-11 6-6 18, Jones 2-3 0-0 4, Livingston 2-4 0-0 4, Casspi 2-5 0-0 4, Leuer 2-4 0-0 4, Pargo 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-78 19-23 92.

CHICAGO (118): Deng 7-12 3-3 19, Boozer 8-16 8-8 24, Noah 5-13 1-1 11, Hinrich 2-4 0-0 6, Hamilton 3-7 2-4 8, Robinson 5-8 1-1 14, T.Gibson 8-9 2-3 18, Belinelli 5-8 2-2 15, Butler 1-2 1-2 3, Mohammed 0-2 0-0 0, Teague 0-0 0-0 0, Cook 0-1 0-0 0, Radmanovic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-82 20-24 118.

Cleveland 30 20 22 20— 92

Chicago 22 31 35 30— 118

3-Point GoalsCleveland 7-14 (Miles 4-7, Irving 2-2, Gee 1-2, Casspi 0-1, Waiters 0-1, Leuer 0-1), Chicago 10-14 (Belinelli 3-4, Robinson 3-4, Deng 2-2, Hinrich 2-3, Cook 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 36 (Thompson 8), Chicago 55 (Boozer, Noah 11). AssistsCleveland 19 (Irving 6), Chicago 34 (Robinson, Deng 7). Total FoulsCleveland 24, Chicago 21. TechnicalsHamilton. A21,355 (20,917).

Jazz 100, Mavericks 94

DALLAS (94): Marion 3-8 0-0 6, Nowitzki 7-14 4-4 20, Kaman 5-12 4-4 14, Collison 3-8 5-5 11, Mayo 5-14 2-2 13, Brand 5-7 1-2 11, Carter 2-5 2-3 7, Crowder 1-4 0-0 3, Beaubois 3-8 0-0 7, Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0, Da.Jones 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 35-81 18-20 94.

UTAH (100): Ma.Williams 1-4 0-0 3, Millsap 6-14 2-2 14, Jefferson 5-14 5-6 15, Tinsley 2-7 0-0 5, Foye 2-7 4-5 10, Hayward 8-14 7-9 27, Favors 1-2 2-5 4, Watson 1-2 0-0 3, Kanter 3-6 0-0 6, Burks 2-7 8-9 13. Totals 31-77 28-36 100.

Dallas 26 27 27 14— 94

Utah 19 34 21 26— 100

3-Point GoalsDallas 6-19 (Nowitzki 2-5, Beaubois 1-1, Carter 1-2, Crowder 1-3, Mayo 1-8), Utah 10-19 (Hayward 4-5, Foye 2-5, Burks 1-2, Ma.Williams 1-2, Watson 1-2, Tinsley 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 49 (Kaman, Marion, Brand 9), Utah 53 (Jefferson 11). AssistsDallas 20 (Mayo, Nowitzki 5), Utah 20 (Tinsley 6). Total FoulsDallas 26, Utah 22. TechnicalsBrand. Flagrant Fouls—Kaman. A18,600 (19,911).

Ex-Gator Beal improvises in Wizards' win 01/07/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:09am]
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