Wall dominates third quarter as Wizards snap Hornets’ streak

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall scored 14 of his 23 points in the third quarter, and the Washington Wizards hurt Charlotte’s playoff chances with a 118-111 victory over the Hornets on Tuesday night.

Cody Zeller, Marcin Gortat
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (40) loses the ball as he drives against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Jeremy Lamb, Bojan Bogdanovic
Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb (3) shoots against Washington Wizards guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Marco Belinelli, Ian Mahinmi
Charlotte Hornets guard Marco Belinelli (21) shoots against Washington Wizards defenders including center Ian Mahinmi (28) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Marvin Williams, Marcin Gortat
Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams (2) shoots against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Cody Zeller, Marcin Gortat
Jeremy Lamb, Bojan Bogdanovic
Marco Belinelli, Ian Mahinmi
Marvin Williams, Marcin Gortat
The Wizards returned from a five-game trip and stopped a three-game slide. Tying Toronto for the third seed in the Eastern Conference, Washington dealt Charlotte a significant blow after it had crept closer to a playoff spot with a three-game win streak.

Kemba Walker scored 37 points, but the All-Star guard went cold in the third quarter along with the rest of the Hornets. After making 26 of their first 42 shots, they went 6 for their next 18 as the game slipped away.

Washington won for the 17th time this season when trailing by double digits.

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