Beal’s 43, Westbrook’s triple-double lead Wizards over Jazz

Utah Jazz guard Joe Ingles (2) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards center Alex Len, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 18, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 43 points, Russell Westbrook had 35 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in his 13th triple-double of the season and the Washington Wizards beat the Utah Jazz 131-122 on Thursday night.

Washington broke a five-game losing streak overall and a nine-game skid against Utah.

Donovan Mitchell equaled a season high with 42 points for the Jazz, who at 29-11 still have the NBA’s best record but have lost four of six in March. Joe Ingles added a career-high 34 points, including eight 3-pointers.

It was Beal’s fifth 40-point game of the season. Westbrook’s 15 rebounds equaled a season high.

Washington scored 13 straight to take a 23-12 lead with 5:02 to play in the first quarter. The Wizards increased their lead to 64-40 just before halftime, and the Jazz got no closer than 112-105 with 6:20 to play.


Jazz: G Mike Conley was rested ahead of Friday’s game at Toronto. Coach Quin Snyder likes to rest Conley in back-to-backs, and said because the team played Tuesday, it would give him two days of rest before and after the game against the Raptors. … C Rudy Gobert missed the first seven free throws he attempted and was assessed a technical foul in the fourth quarter. He had 13 rebounds. … Mitchell scored 20 points in the third quarter.

Wizards: Their last win against Utah came on Feb. 18, 2016. … Even though they’ve won just 15 games, have recorded a win against each of the top six teams in the Western Conference. … F Davis Bertans played just four minutes due to tightness in his right calf. … Westbrook grabbed his 5,000th defensive rebound.


Jazz: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

Wizards: Visit the Nets on Sunday.

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