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Suns set for matchup with Wizards

(SportsNetwork.com) - In a season of unexpected greatness, the Phoenix Suns are a few days removed from their biggest win and will try to continue the momentum Friday night when they host the Washington Wizards.

On Wednesday, Gerald Green scored 23 points against his former team as the Phoenix Suns routed the Indiana Pacers, 124-100.

Green was a part of an offseason trade between the two teams that sent Luis Scola to the Midwest in exchange for Green, Miles Plumlee and a lottery protected first-round pick.

Goran Dragic scored 21 points, Markieff Morris contributed 20 off the bench, and P.J. Tucker added 13 for the Suns, who have won two straight and three of the last four games.

Plumlee had 11 points and Channing Frye chipped in 10 for the Suns.

"It is the first time we have played against those guys in this season," Dragic said. "I would not say that they underestimated us, but we just played good basketball. In one week we are going back to there place, so they will probably be ready for us."

Phoenix shot a blistering 54.2 percent from the floor and almost 70 percent (11-for-16) from behind the 3-point line. They forced 21 Indiana turnovers, which translated into 27 Suns points.

The Suns embark on a four-game eastern trip starting Sunday in Cleveland. They will also visit Philadelphia, Milwaukee and of course, Indiana, during the sojourn.

Washington is going the other way, beginning a four-game western trip in Phoenix on Friday. They'll also tangle with the Jazz, Warriors and Clippers while far from home.

The Wizards head on their trip the losers of two of their last three.

Gerald Wallace hit a layup with 2.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Boston Celtics a 113-111 victory Wednesday in Washington. It gave the Wiz an 0-5 record when trying to get past the .500 mark.

"We get to playing selfishly and it all starts with me," said guard John Wall. "That's the reason why we lost today."

Odd remark from someone who notched their second career triple-double in the game. Wall tallied 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the setback. Nene scored 17 points and Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza finished with 14 apiece.

The Wizards had won four of five before the loss and are 10-10 outside of our nation's capital.

These two teams made a huge trade just before the season with the Wizards acquiring Marcin Gortat for a package that included an injured Emeka Okafor and a first-round draft pick.

"I just want to beat them bad," Gortat told the Washington Post, seemingly in jest to some degree. "No hard feelings. I was never mad at these guys when I was leaving. It's part of the game."

Washington has won the last two meetings between the two teams, but Phoenix took the 10 prior. The Wizards are 1-5 in their last six in Arizona.

01/24 10:01:09 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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CLE 5
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TOR 5
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