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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Trevor Ariza
Dwyane Wade doesn't typically play back-to-back games because of his knees, and he logged 40 minutes to lead Miami with 25 points in Sunday's loss to Chicago.
The Washington Wizards hope they learned their lesson after almost blowing a 28-point lead Saturday night.
Bradley Beal scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Wizards hold off the Milwaukee Bucks 114-107.
Drew Gooden is playing so well with the second unit that coach Randy Wittman will have some tough decisions to make when Kevin Seraphin returns.
The Wizards won for the seventh time in eight games, and their fifth in a row on the road, for a 114-107 victory at the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Trevor Ariza has to average three makes per game for the rest of the season to match the franchise record for made three-pointers set by Gilbert Arenas.
With Nene out of the lineup with a knee injury, Marcin Gortat, who was the fifth option in the offense, has become more productive by running a plethora of pick-and-rolls with John Wall.
Trevor Ariza scored 26 points, Bradley Beal added 22, John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists, and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have won seven of eight.
The Wizards have won seven of eight games after a comprehensive effort from the starters and the bench to overwhelm the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, 104-91.
Drew Gooden scored his first points of the season and had his first double-digit game since April 2012. Andre Miller tallied his most assists since December. Al Harrington played his most minutes since November.
Martell Webster is being called a game-time decision vs. the Jazz because he has a sore back, which means rookie Otto Porter likely will have a chance to build on what he did Monday.
The Wizards were 3-0 last week led by John Wall, who edged two teammates for Player of the Week in the East.
The Wizards came out flat, and a crucial stretch to end the third quarter proved to be the difference as their winning streak ended at six with a 110-104 loss.
From John Wall's numbers to the team's post All-Star game production, we check out the Wizards stats as they enter Monday's clash with the Memphis Grizzlies
John Wall went out of his way to get Trevor Ariza, who six years ago shot less than 30% from three, an easy basket to push him into the 40-point club for the first time.
"Just a lot of work," is how Ariza explains his growth as a shooter. "That's all."
"We've been moving the ball well as a team. Rebounding on the defensive end and getting out in transition has been big for us," said Ariza, who set a career-high with 40 points in Philadelphia.