Beal scores 40 points, Wizards beat Grizzlies 135-128
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal said he spent a restless night after the Washington Wizards lost a key conference game.

After Saturday’s effort, he was bound to sleep well.

Beal scored 40 points for the second straight game and the Wizards beat the Memphis Grizzlies 135-128, bouncing back from a home loss to Charlotte on Friday.

“I didn’t sleep well. I was mad all night,” Beal said. “Woke up at 6. Been up all day just thinking about the game last night. I just knew how important it was to get one tonight, no matter what it took.”

Beal shot 12 of 17 from the field and made a career-high nine 3-pointers. He added seven assists, five rebounds and two steals while committing one turnover.

“The way he’s playing, the way he’s improved, the way he’s led, my very biased opinion he’s All-NBA the way he’s playing,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “He’s doing things that that level of player does night in and night out.”

Washington converted 17 of 35 from beyond the arc in a game that featured 20 lead changes.

The Wizards, 11th in the Eastern Conference, moved within three games of eighth-place Miami and improved to 3-1 on a five-game...

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