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          === Wizards beat Timberwolves for 4th straight home win ===
 
 Washington,  DC (Sports Network) - Jordan Crawford came off the bench to score
 a  game-high  19 points  on 7-of-10  shooting from the  floor and Bradley Beal
 added  16  points and  four  blocks  as  the  Washington Wizards  toppled  the
 struggling Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, 114-101.
 
 Nene  and John Wall scored 14 points apiece for Washington, which extended its
 season-high  home winning streak to four games. Wall, who made his first start
 of the season, also contributed five assists and two blocks in the victory.
 
 The  Wizards have  won five of eight  since Wall returned to the team's lineup
 after a left kneecap injury forced him to miss the start of the season.
 
 "We  feel like  we  can win  every  game,"  Crawford said.  "We  have so  many
 options...in crunch time when we need a bucket."
 
 Derrick  Williams poured in  18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the
 Timberwolves,  who have  dropped six straight road contests and eight of their
 last  nine  overall. Andrei Kirilenko  added 17 points  and four boards in the
 losing effort.
 
 The Wizards led 29-25 after one quarter and held onto the edge for most of the
 second  before  establishing some breathing  room with Beal's three-point play
 with  under  four minutes left, which  kicked off a  13-4 run to end the first
 half.
 
 Washington  led  at the  break, 60-46,  and shot 59.5  percent from the floor,
 while  Wall had 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. The former No. 1 pick, who's had
 to come back slowly from his injury, brought the home crowd to its feet before
 halftime  as he drove through the lane and spun around Ricky Rubio to lay-in a
 pretty reverse bucket.
 
 Not  much changed into the second half, as Washington increased its lead to 21
 twice  in the third quarter before going into the final stanza up comfortably,
 91-73, after Crawford nailed 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
 
 The  home  team led  by as  many as 22,  103-81, on  Trevor Ariza's layup with
 six-plus  minutes  remaining before  Minnesota chipped away  toward the end of
 the contest.
 
 The  Wolves  played  yet  again  without  forward  Kevin  Love  (hand),  guard
 Brandon  Roy (knee),  center  Nikola Pekovic  (quadriceps)  and forward  Chase
 Budinger  (knee). They  came into  the  game having  lost their  last five  on
 the road by an average of 15.0 points.
 
 "We   couldn't   make  enough  shots   or  limit  their  easy  opportunities,"
 Timberwolves acting head coach Terry Porter said.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Wizards have won seven of the past 10 matchups between the teams and 13 of
 17  at the Verizon Center ... Washington shot 57.8 percent from the floor (48-
 of-83)  and  never trailed  ... Minnesota converted  just 3-of-14 from 3-point
 range ... Mickael Gelabale added 15 points off the bench in defeat.
 
 01/26 00:17:37 ET