WASHINGTON — Zach Randolph had 22 points, and Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol each added 20 in the Memphis Grizzlies' 99-94 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Gasol, who scored all of his 20 points in the first three quarters, made his first 10 shots and finished 10 of 11 from the field. He missed both of his free throws.
O.J. Mayo was held to two points in the first half, but finished with 17 for Memphis, which has now won its last three road games.
Andray Blatche led the Wizards with 24 points. Al Thornton, making his first start for Washington, had 16 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. It was the Wizards' first game without forward Josh Howard, who was ruled out for the season because of an ACL tear just four games after joining the team in a trade.
The Grizzlies had lost nine of their last 12 games, including a 99-98 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. However, traveling to Washington was just what Memphis needed. The Grizzlies have won their last four against the Wizards, sweeping the series for the second straight season.
The Wizards lost for the second time in five games since revamping their roster by trading away stars Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood.
The loss ended a three-game home winning streak in front of a Verizon Center crowd of 11,875 — the lowest of the season.
Memphis scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to take a 78-68 lead. Mayo gave Memphis an 88-74 edge with a jumper with 6 1/2 minutes left.
The Grizzlies stayed close to the basket on offense early in the game. Gasol started the night by scoring 10 of the Grizzlies' first 12 points, and all 10 of the Grizzlies' first-quarter field goals came in the paint. The inside scoring led to a 13-2 run, giving Memphis a lead in the opening quarter.
The Wizards came back in the second with a 12-1 run, with all the scoring coming from Blatche and Nick Young. Washington led 48-46 at the half.
NOTES: The Wizards signed F Mike Harris to a 10-day contract Wednesday, and he scored two points. ... Thornton became the 14th player to start a game for the Wizards this season. ... The Grizzlies are 3-11 in the second game of back-to-backs.