Wizards fend off Rockets' 3s for 105-103 win

Wizards fend off Rockets' 3s for 105-103 win
February 23, 2013, 9:56 pm
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Washington Wizards center Emeka Okafor (50) works for the ball against Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 119-113. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal scored 21 points, and Emeka Okafor had 17 points, 11 rebounds and made the go-ahead free throw with 5.2 seconds remaining to help the Washington Wizards overcome the Houston Rockets' 3-point barrage for a 105-103 win on Saturday night.

Trevor Ariza added 18 points and John Wall had 12 points and 11 assists for the Wizards, who came back from a 17-point deficit for their second straight win. Washington scored 54 points in the paint and has won 10 of its 12 home games.

James Harden scored 27 points and Chandler Parsons had 24 with five of the 19 3-pointers by the Rockets, who had won their first two games after the All-Star break. Houston made 46 3-point attempts, the most in the NBA this season. The Rockets made 13 from beyond the arc in the first half, one off the NBA record they tied against Golden State on Feb. 5.