Blazers rally from 20 down to end Wizards’ win streak

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard...
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) goes to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons (1) and forward Drew Eubanks, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in Washington.(Nick Wass | AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Published: Feb. 3, 2023 at 6:50 PM PST
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Anfernee Simons scored 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers erased a 20-point deficit, snapping Washington’s six-game winning streak Friday night with a 124-116 victory over the Wizards.

Simons made six of Portland’s nine 3-pointers in the third, and the Trail Blazers finally caught and passed the Wizards in the fourth. Simons finished 9 of 12 from beyond the arc.

Damian Lillard added 29 points for Portland, which has won five of six.

Washington led 69-51 at halftime, but an advantage like that isn’t totally safe against a backcourt that can shoot 3s like Portland’s. After a layup by Josh Hart to start the third quarter, the Trail Blazers’ next nine field goals came from long distance. The first five were by Simons, then Lillard made a couple and Jerami Grant made one.

Another 3 by Simons cut the deficit to 88-81.

It was 94-90 after three, and Portland finally tied it at 99 on a 3 by Shaedon Sharpe. A 3 by Hart gave the Trail Blazers their first lead, 102-101. Portland was up by two before breaking the game open with a 13-4 run. A dunk by Simons made it 120-111 with 1:25 to play.

Bradley Beal scored 34 points for the Wizards and Kristaps Porzingis had 32.

Portland was playing without center Jusuf Nurkic, who was out because of a left calf strain.

The Wizards jumped out to an early 15-2 lead, and they led 34-14 after a 3-pointer by Porzingis. He scored 16 points in the opening quarter.


Trail Blazers: In addition to Nurkic, Portland was also without F Justise Winslow (left ankle sprain) and C Ibou Badji (left knee soreness).

Wizards: F Anthony Gill (health and safety protocols) missed the game. ... The Wizards haven’t won seven straight since an eight-game streak in April 2021.


Trail Blazers: At Chicago on Saturday.

Wizards: At Brooklyn on Saturday.


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