Webster scores career-high 34 as Wizards romp over Suns, 127-105

Benjamin Standig, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

WASHINGTON -- Martell Webster exploded for a career-high 34 points, including sinking half of the Wizards' 14 3-pointers, and Washington scored its most points this season in a decisive 127-105 win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
John Wall had 17 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 11 assists for his third double-double in his last four games. Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Wizards (23-42) completed a perfect three-game homestand.
Webster made 7 of 10 3-point attempts and Washington finished 14 of 21 from beyond the arc while shooting 51.6 percent overall.
Michael Beasley scored 21 points and Jared Dudley had 16 for the Suns, losers of four straight and six of their last seven. Phoenix had six players score in double figures, but offered no resistance on the defensive end.
The Wizards set a season-high with 66 first-half points, which also stands as the most allowed by the Suns.
Webster has made at least four 3-point field goals in five straight games, establishing a franchise record. He also became the first Wizard to score at least 30 points in a game this season.
Entering the third quarter with Washington leading 66-59, Webster made all four of his 3-point attempts, skipping back down the court after his fourth put the Wizards up 102-79.
After opening the fourth with another 3-ball, the charismatic forward channeled Michael Jordan, shrugging his arms while backpedaling before the vocal crowd of 16,882.
Bradley Beal returned after missing five games with a sprained right ankle. Out since March 3, Beal made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points in 21 minutes off the bench.
The Wizards had lost 10 straight to the Suns and gone without a victory in Washington since January 15, 2005. Phoenix played its first game in Washington since Jan. 21, 2011.
Washington trailed in the fast-paced, point-producing opening half, 50-49, following Beasley's 3-pointer, but jumped ahead by 12 as Beal scored five points during a 15-2 run. Phoenix picked up two of its four first-half technical fouls in that stretch and trailed 66-59 at halftime.
Webster and Beal each made two 3-pointers in the first half as the Wizards sank 6 of 10 before halftime.
Beasley, who grew up in the nearby Maryland suburbs, scored 16 points in the second quarter on 6 of 7 shooting.
Beasley, Jermaine O'Neal and interim coach Lindsey Hunter all received individual technical's, along with Washington's Trevor Booker.
Washington improved its record at the Verizon Center to 18-17.
NOTES: The Wizards also played without A.J. Price (sore right groin) and Chris Singleton (personal matter). ... Phoenix is (now 9-16) since naming Lindsey Hunter interim head coach on Jan. 20. ... Martell Webster entered the game with at least four 3-pointers in four consecutive games. ... Suns rookie and D.C.-area native Kendall Marshall scored xx points in his first game back in his hometown. ... The last time the Wizards were above .500 at home 35 games into a season was during the 2007-08 campaign. ... Washington begins a four-game road swing Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats before playing three games out west including a rematch with Phoenix on Wednesday. The Suns begin a four-game homestand Monday against the Los Angeles Lakers.