Instant analysis: Wizards 115, Magic 106

Instant analysis: Wizards 115, Magic 106
February 25, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Highlights: Wizards 115, Magic 106

The replacement in the starting lineup for Nene didn't score much, but just about everyone else did as the Wizards didn't miss a beat in winning their season-high fourth game in a row and establishing a winning record for the second time of the season Tuesday. The victory also matched their win total from all of 2012-13 season.

It was a comprehensive effort for the Wizards (29-28) with John Wall scoring 13 of his game-high 27 points in the first quarter and Al Harrington sparking the bench in his most minutes since Nov. 12 when he played 19, his last game before a sore right knee forced him to have surgery to remove loose particles in December. 

Wall, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat combined to score 91 points. Wall made 11 of 19 shots with seven assists and just one turnover. Ariza had 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including 5-for-5 from three-point range. Gortat had a double-double of 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting and 10 rebounds. Beal had 21 points and four assists, and most importantly he attacked the basket. He only took one three-pointer and made 6 of 9 free throws. 

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Trevor Booker, who started at power forward for Nene, didn't hit his first field goal until his fifth try late in the third quarter. The sequence was started by Booker's block of Tobias Harris' three-point attempt, and Wall pushed the pace, did a revolution behind his back when he drove into the lane to find Booker spotting up. Booker only had three points but grabbed seven rebounds and had two steals and two blocks. 

The Magic (17-42) were led by D.C.-area native Victor Oladipo with 24 points, followed by Maurice Harkless' 22 and 19 from Nikola Vucevic. They lost their 16th road game in a row, matching a franchise record. 

Turning point: The Magic went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 86-80, the last an open jumper for Vucevic, but the Wizards closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run when Gortat made a sweeping hook, missed the free throw to complete the three-point play but had the ball rebounded by Chris Singleton. Harris was hit with technical foul, Ariza made the free throw and then jump shot on the extra possession. 

Key stats: The Wizards had a 13-0 edge in fast-break points. ... Beal's nine foul shots represented his most attempts since February 2013. ... Including a win in December vs. the Magic, Ariza is 9-for-9 from three. 

Moving up: With C Kevin Seraphin out because of swelling in his right knee, Singleton was able to get time in the rotation and played 14 minutes, his most output since Dec. 27 when he played 14 at the Minnesota Timberwolves. He only shot 2-for-6 for four points but had five rebounds. 

From the locker room: "We came out really energized and we got good performances out of everybody. The rotations were a little bit different. ... I was able to split up some minutes that needed to be split up. We came out and we were focused right from the start. Each time we got a 10-, 12-, 13-, 14-point lead, they made a little run at us. But we quickly stopped them and got ourselves back on track." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman 

"We all were locked in offensively. I thought we could have done a better job on the defensive end. ... When we share the ball, we give ourselves a chance. Every time the ball moves and we play together, that just shows a lot of people on our team can score the ball. It's a good thing." -- Ariza 

"John Wall, first of all, early he made shots. He made threes. So when he is able to make jumpshots that takes it to another level. Their ability just to get downhill on you. Gortat played well early in the post. That was another problem we had to deal with. You got those two going and you have shooters around you, and a lot of times that is a good recipe." -- Magic coach Jacque Vaughn

Around the bend: The Wizards will practice Wednesday at Verizon Center before leaving for Toronto, where they'll play the Raptors on Thursday (CSN+, 7 ET).

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