After Tony Allen’s free throw cut it to five,Apple-converted-space”> WallApple-converted-space”> hit two free throws and then, after a miss by Allen, Chris Singleton’s 3-pointer gave Washington a 91-81 lead with six minutes left.
With just over four minutes to go,Apple-converted-space”> WallApple-converted-space”> hit a jumper as the shot clock expired to make it 94-83. The lead grew to 13, but Memphis rallied and twice got within four in the final minutes before the Wizards scored the final nine points.
“I feel like I really let the team down,”Apple-converted-space”> WallApple-converted-space”> said. “I already had one technical and you’ve got to be smarter than that. We still had a chance to win that game. Right now, we’re just trying to salvage the games we can win and finish the season strong, so I knew tonight I had to step up big.”
Down by two after a quarter, Memphis, keyed by 3-pointers from Austin Daye and Pondexter, opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run to take a 32-26 lead.
Memphis built the lead to nine beforeApple-converted-space”> WallApple-converted-space”> scored six straight to make it 39-36. His driving scoop shot put the Wizards up three late in the half before Conley’s 3-pointer made it 55-all at the break.
WallApple-converted-space”> finished the first half with 26 points.