PHOENIX -- John Wall had 19 points and eight assists and Nene added 17 points and eight rebounds as the Washington Wizards beat the Phoenix Suns for the second time in five days 88-79 on Wednesday night at U.S. Airways Center.
Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Ariza added 16 and 14 points off the bench, respectively, for the Wizards, who swept the season series against the Suns for the second time since the 1987-88 season and held Phoenix under 100 points for the first time in the last 20 meetings.
Goran Dragic had 18 points and 11 assists and Wesley Johnson had 18 points for the Suns, who were blown out 127-105 in Washington D.C but hung around a little longer this time. Jermaine O'Neal had 12 points and six rebounds before leaving the game with a calf injury in the fourth quarter.
The Wizards played without center Emeka Okafor (flu) and lost guard Bradley Beal when he reinjured his left ankle with 10 minutes left to play. Beal missed six games with a left ankle sprain earlier this month and playing in his third game back when he landed awkwardly while goaltending a Shannon Brown shot. Beal was assessed a technical foul on the play for throwing his mouthpiece away in disgust while on the ground in pain.
The Suns trailed by as many as 18 in the second quarter but cut the lead to nine at 74-69 after three quarters and got within three on Hamed Hadaddi layup with 8:38 left to play. But the Wizards reeled off the next seven straight points, with Wall's 18-footer restoring the Washington lead to 82-73 with 6:34 left. Phoenix never got closer than five points from there.
Starters Jason Collins and Garrett Temple didn't score for the Wizards, but the bench outscored the Suns 39-22 and carried the day. Washington is now 19-15 overall since Wall returned to the lineup from knee surgery in mid-January.
The Suns wiped out an early 5-0 deficit with an 11-2 run and led by seven at 26-19 on a Michael Beasley layup with 1:34 left in the first quarter. But the Wizards scored the final six points of the quarter before their reserves took over the game.
With Wall and Webster on the bench, Seraphin and Ariza combined to score 11 points during a 14-0 Wizards run, with Seraphin's nine-foot hook with 4:53 left giving Washington a 42-28 lead. Wall followed an Ariza three-pointer with a put-back layup to push Washington's lead to 18 with 2:51 left, and the Wizards still led 59-45 at the half.
NOTES: Okafor had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the blowout win over the Suns on Saturday. Jason Collins got the start for Washington. ... The last time the Wizards won in Phoenix -- 2,281 days ago -- they needed a US Airways Center record 54-point explosion from Gilbert Arenas to beat the Suns 144-139 in overtime (Dec. 22, 2006). The Suns were snowbound in Denver for two days and got back to Arizona three hours before tip-off. ... Talk about extremes, the Suns allowed a season-high 127 points in a blowout loss in Washington on Saturday, then allowed a season-low 76 points in a win over the Lakers at home on Sunday. That's a 51-point difference over 48 hours. ... Phoenix had scored at least 100 points against Washington in 19 straight meetings, the longest active streak by one team over another in the NBA. The last time the Wizards held the Suns under 100 points in a game -- Jan. 27, 2003 -- Michael Jordan started at guard for Washington.