Of all the players to hit the crucial three-point shots for the Wizards to tie the score, it wasn't Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza or Bradley Beal. Despite being 1-for-10 from two-point range, it was John Wall going 4 of 5 from three in regulation, including two in the final 1:05 to tie the score at 87 and force overtime.
Of all the players to come up with a chase-down blocked shot for the highlight reel, it wasn't Wall. It was Beal. It ended a two-game losing streak for the Wizards (34-31) who beat the Orlando Magic (19-48) for the third time this season.
Beal ran down Jameer Nelson with the Wizards trailing 97-96 in overtime to smack the shot off the backboard. Wall, who had his pass stolen by Nelson to initiate the sequence, collected the loose ball and found Ariza spotting up for a three-pointer that cemented them a 99-97 lead with 60 seconds left that they'd never relinquish.
Wall finished with 21 points, 11 assists and five rebounds as the Wizards won for the fourth time in 10 overtime games Friday at the Orlando Magic. Ariza had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Beal 20 points, Trevor Booker 11 points and 11 rebounds and Marcin Gortat with 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
The usually reliable bench only contributed 13 points, with sixth man Webster going scoreless in 19 minutes and Andre Miller leading the unit with seven in 13 minutes.
Beal went down with a lower leg injury, appearing to either plant awkwardly or have his foot stepped on defensively later in the extra session, and was curled up in pain on the baseline. He had to be carried off the floor. Beal has had injuries to both legs, most recently a stress injury to the lower right one that forced him to miss nine games earlier this season.
Turning point: Trailing 62-53 after an uncontested dunk by Moe Harkless with 4:30 left the third quarter, the Wizards went on a 14-4 run. The lead changed hands several times in the fourth, but that spurt saved the Wizards from coming unhinged.
Key stat: Orlando, which was outrebounded 52-46, is now 0-32 when that happens.
Back again: In the second game in a row, Kevin Seraphin was on the active roster but this time he played for the first time since Feb. 23. Seraphin shot 2-for-3 in seven minutes for four points.
From the locker room: "What I'm trying to teach our guys, it's easy to play the game when everything is going good, when you're making shots and things come easy. When it's a grind, playoffs are a grind. It's dirty. It's not easy. You've got to win those games defensively and I thought we did that tonight." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman
"It was just a hustle play and one that we definitely needed. John threw a pass that was deflected. …. My first instinct was to go chase it down and fortunately John was able to grab the rebound and push it for Trev to hit the three. I was timing up my steps. I knew I was going to try to block it at least. He had a little headstart on me. I guess I kind of baited him into it. I was able to jump up and get it before a goaltend." -- Beal
"I saw the two times when I shot my threes they kind of didn't know if they were switching or not and left me open. ... My intensity on the defensive end kept me into the game." -- Wall
"Brad saved us. He definitely saved the game for us. A play like that, you've got to finish especially in overtime. The momentum was shifting. Once he made those plays, I got the ball -- Book (Trevor Booker) made a tremendous play with that screen he set. Got me wide open. Got a good look at the basket. Just knocked it down." -- Ariza on his three-pointer after Beal's chasedown block of Nelson
"Today John showed he's an All-Star. He had an incredible few shots. He carried us for the rest of the game." -- Gortat.
Up next: The Wizards returned to D.C. immediately after the game and will not have shootaround Saturday morning before later playing vs. the Brooklyn Nets. (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).