WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards have played tough defense since the All-Star break. They answered another big challenge on Tuesday night.
John Wall had 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, helping the Wizards to a 109-89 win over Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Washington, which pulled away in the second half of its season-high fourth straight home win. Jared Dudley scored 18 points on six 3-pointers and helped hold Davis in check after he had a monster game at Detroit.
“Tonight we kept giving him different looks, never let him feel comfortable, and anytime I could put pressure on him I did,” Dudley said.
The Wizards have won three of four since the break, holding their opponent under 90 points in each victory.
Wall was 5-for-17 from the field in his second triple-double of the season and fifth of his career.
Davis grabbed 20 more rebounds, but was held to just nine points on 3-for-9 shooting. The All-Star forward had 59 points and 20 rebounds in a 111-106 victory against the Pistons on Sunday.
“They had a guy playing behind him and in front of him the entire game,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We had to have other guys step up and make shots, and we just didn’t shoot the ball very well.”
It was the first time this season that Davis failed to score in double figures when he played at least 20 minutes.
“It’s tough,” he said. “You never get in a rhythm, sometimes you don’t touch the ball, but that’s why you have teammates — other guys gotta play off of that and try to make it work.”
Jrue Holiday had 20 points and seven assists for New Orleans, which had won four of five to remain on the fringe of the Western Conference playoff hunt. Ryan Anderson scored 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
Ankle sidelines Asik
Pelicans center Omer Asik missed Tuesday’s game with a sprained right ankle, and he’s likely to miss more.
“To be honest with you, it was a little better than we thought after a day of seeing how it was going to respond,” coach Alvin Gentry said before the game. “They’re projecting maybe two weeks, but we’ll see how it goes. Let’s hope that he’s a fast healer.”
Alexis Ajinca started in Asik’s place. The Pelicans used their 26th starting lineup this season.
The Advocate’s Brett Dawson contributed to this report.