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Magic at Wizards — Postgame Report

Magic at Wizards — Postgame Report

"I think our guys competed, very much so on the defensive end, and the results just weren't there", Magic coach Frank Vogel said. "They've got a lot of firepower". "But our guys really competed and I was proud". "We were fortunate that a few shots missed and we made a couple big ones when we needed to". The Wizards (23-18), who were embarrassed 116-69 in Utah on December 4, fell to 11-10 against teams with losing records. Updates with new leadBradley Beal and John Wall each scored 30 points and the Washington Wizards snapped a two-game losing streak with a 125-119 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Beal's run of poor shooting late in games continued. He left the court with a slight limp, but opened the second half and scored 10 points in the third quarter, including an emphatic driving dunk. Beal made nine of his first 10 shot attempts and finished the first half 10 of 13 for 23 points as the Wizards entered halftime leading 65-63.

Jazz: Close their four-game trip at Charlotte on Friday night.

Wizards: Continue their homestand Friday against Orlando. Orlando still hasn't won since a December 28 defeat of Detroit and it hasn't won on the road since a December 3 victory in NY - a span of 10 straight losses away from home. "We're 29th in the league", Simmons said. "We've got to keep working at it and we are working at it and we've got to keep following our assignments and doing it with toughness". C Marcin Gortat had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.

Magic: Aaron Gordon had 14 points and Evan Fournier scored 10. "But the way I feel right now, it's like next year might be my last year of my career". During crunch time, especially.

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The Wizards shot 52.6 percent from the field but lost their second straight after winning their previous four. The Magic played so well offensively that they approached their season highs for points (128), field goal percentage (59.2 percent) and 39 assists. Ian Mahinmi scored 17 points off the bench for the Wizards.

Orlando will practice on Saturday and Monday - and take Sunday off - before hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday at the Amway Center. He was acquired by Magic in a trade during the 2005 NBA Draft that saw him spend his first 3 1/2 years with the team.

The game was tied 98-98 heading into the final quarter. Wall hit three jump shots during an 11-2 run that gave Washington a 121-113 lead with 3:15 remaining. The Magic's stellar passing balanced out the scoring and all five starters had registered double-figures by the start of the fourth. "I said whoever plays defense first is going to win".

"It was good in the first half, (but) in that third quarter, and then the last two minutes we made so many mistakes". If he does get moved, he'd be joining a rebuilding squad in Orlando. "I would say 'probably.' The way everything goes, the way the National Basketball Association goes right now and everything that's going on, I just don't feel like I'm going to stay in this league for much longer". "We need to do better". "We can do better".


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