Wall guides Wizards over Hornets
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - John Wall registered 29 points and nine assists and led the Washington Wizards to a 96-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets.
Wall shot 12-of-15 from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc, for the Wizards, who won their second straight game. Martell Webster had 18 points while Garrett Temple, Cartier Martin and Kevin Seraphin scored 10 points apiece.
Eric Gordon had a team-high 20 points for the Hornets, who have lost five of their last six games. Greivis Vasquez recorded 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and Anthony Davis scored 16 points.
The game was tied at 50 at the half, but in the third, the Hornets struggled, scoring just 14 points on 28 percent shooting.
Meanwhile, Wall scored 14 points in the period, including the final six for the Wizards, and the team would lead 74-64 entering the fourth.
The Wizards extended their lead by as much as 15 points, 94-79, late in the frame.
Davis and Al-Farouq Aminu combined for an 8-2 spurt in the final 1:19 of the game, but it was too little, too late.
New Orleans had a 30-26 advantage entering the second quarter, but it quickly evaporated as Martin made a jumper with 9:36 left to give Washington a 33-32 lead.
The two teams kept it competitive throughout the rest of the quarter, as they tied four times and had five lead changes. Gordon made the final score of the half, a 3-pointer with 48.9 seconds remaining.
Davis was a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line ... New Orleans missed all 13 of its 3-point attempts in the second half ... The Wizards defeated the Hornets at home for the first time since March 2, 2008 ... Washington swept the season-series against New Orleans for the first time since the 2007-2008 season.
03/15 21:56:51 ET