Instant analysis: Magic 97, Wizards 92

Instant analysis: Magic 97, Wizards 92
March 29, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Three players returned from injury and illness for the Wizards (26-46) but it wasn't enough as the Orlando Magic (19-54) snapped their eight-game losing streak at Amway Arena on Friday night.  It was the Wizards' second loss in a row on this road trip. 

Player of the game: PG John Wall, who scored a career-high in points earlier in the week, took a career-high in shots as he went 11-for-28 for a game-high 35 points. He also had nine rebounds.

The rundown: PF Tobias Harris opened with 11 points in the first quarter to stake Orlando a 24-23 lead.  They lost starting PG Jameer Nelson, who sprained his ankle and didn't return. PF Trevor Booker aided Washington with six points, making all three of his shot attempts, and four rebounds.  The Wizards, however, allowed 16 points in the paint. By the time Orlando led 58-46 at the half, Harris had 17 total points and his team was shooting 51%. Washington only had six assists as Wall led with 18 points. He was the only player in double figures scoring. The Wizards took the lead in the third quarter 63-62 on free throws by SG Garrett Temple, but the Magic ended on an 8-0 run to regain it 78-71. Their bench contributed 41 points in the victory, led by 15 from G E'Twaun Moore. Harris finished with a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds. Wall and SF Martell Webster were the only Wizards to score in double figures. 

Turning point: After a three-pointer from SF Trevor Ariza tied the score at 78, Moore hit a jumper and a reverse layup and F Andrew Nicholson made a lane jumper to push Orlando back ahead for good at 88-80. 

Bad bounces: Booker, battling for a rebound to keep it from Maurice Harkless, accidentally tipped the ball into his own basket in the second quarter. On the next play, Moore mishandled the ball and Wall had an easy steal. But he fumbled it, too, leading to a layup by Harris. In the third quarter, Wall has his shot blocked three consecutive times on two possessions. 

Reloading: PF Nene (sore right knee) missed his third consecutive game and SG Bradley Beal (left ankle sprain) sat out for the fifth game in a row. Webster (abdominal strain) played 39 minutes and went 7-for-18 shooting for 19 points after missing two games. Webster made his first three-point shot but missed his other six attempts. Ariza (flu) returned after missing three games to contribute five points on 2-for-6  shooting and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. C Jason Collins (flu) was available but didn't play. PG A.J. Price (groin) logged 18 minutes and failed to make either of his two shots. But he did convert all four foul shots. He had missed nine games. 

Freebies: Wall was 12-for-14 from the foul line. In his last three games, he has attempted 53. In seven games prior, he had just 32 total foul shots. 

Who’s next: Sunday vs. Toronto Raptors, 6 p.m. ET on CSN. The Raptors  (27-45) won at the Detroit Pistons 99-82 on Friday night. They shot 53.7% as SF Rudy Gay and SG DeMar DeRozan each had 21 points.