Grizzlies end Wizards' streak with 110-104 victoryMemphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) looks to pass the ball as he is defended by Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) and Washington Wizards forward Trevor Booker (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tayshaun Prince scored a season-high 21 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies withstood a late rally Monday night to snap the Washington Wizards' winning streak at six with a 110-104 victory.
Zach Randolph added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who improved to a season-high nine games above .500 and pulled within one game of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Memphis shot 60 percent after the first quarter and outscored Washington 62-34 in the paint for the game.
John Wall scored 23 points, Bradley Beal had 21, and Marcin Gortat added 16 for the Wizards, whose offense cooled somewhat after averaging 112.5 points during their half-dozen wins. Washington had answered a challenge by winning its first three games after losing starting forward Nene to a knee injury, but this time the rotation was also missing forwards Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) and Martell Webster (sore back).