WASHINGTON — Facing a watered-down version of the second-best team in the Western Conference, John Wall finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists Thursday night, leading the Washington Wizards past the Memphis Grizzlies, 107-87.

The game got chippy late in the third quarter, when Kevin Seraphin of Washington was called for a flagrant-2 and ejected for knocking Jon Leuer to the court as the Grizzlies’ backup forward dunked. Earlier, Seraphin got tangled on the floor with Jarnell Stokes, which followed another bit of grabbing between Stokes and Marcin Gortat of Washington.

As it is, both teams were short-handed. Memphis sat three starters: Mike Conley, because of an injured right ankle; Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, resting on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Grizzlies also held out key reserve Tony Allen.

And the Wizards were without one starter, Nene, for what the team said were personal reasons.

The outcome was pretty much determined in the first half, when Wall had 18 points and five assists to help Washington lead 60-47. The Wizards outscored the Grizzlies 34-14 in the second quarter.

PACERS 109, BUCKS 103: Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points, and Luis Scola had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help the Indiana win in overtime at Indianapolis.

Down two in overtime, the Pacers used a 9-0 run to take a 105-98 lead.

Stuckey also had six rebounds and six assists.

David West’s jumper with 2:45 remaining in regulation gave Indiana a 96-91 lead, but Ersan Illyasova of Milwaukee scored five points in the final two minutes to send it to overtime.

JAZZ 109, ROCKETS 91: Rudy Gobert had 19 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks, and Utah won at Salt Lake City for its ninth victory in 11 games.

The Jazz used their size to dominate the paint and ran away in the second half.

Gobert put on a show as the Rockets didn’t have an answer for the 7-foot-1 Frenchman on either end of the floor. He had a double-double in the first quarter and 18 rebounds at halftime.

Teammate Gordon Hayward finished with 29 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Rookie Rodney Hood put up a career high for the second consecutive game with 20 points.


HORNETS: Center Al Jefferson said while his right calf is extremely sore, he’s relieved the injury isn’t more serious.

An MRI on the back of Jefferson’s upper calf and knee area proved negative. Jefferson is expected to meet with team doctors, who’ll determine how long he’ll be out.

WIZARDS: Guard Toure Murry signed after being with Rio Grande Valley in the D-League.

Murry has appeared in 52 NBA games, 51 with New York and one with Utah, and averaged 2.7 points.