Wall, Beal lead Wizards to 117-109 victory over Magic
WASHINGTON — John Wall had 25 points and 10 assists, Bradley Beal added 21 points and the Washington Wizards won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating the Orlando Magic 117-109 on Monday night.
Jeff Green added 18 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting for Washington, which lost at Orlando on Friday night to fall to 2-9 before winning at Miami.
The Wizards made 24 free throws on 33 attempts, 22 more than the Magic earned, and out-rebounded the visitors 41-34.
Terrence Ross scored 21 points off the bench to lead Orlando, which saw a two-game winning streak snapped.
Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 10 rebounds a night after he was scratched with a sprained ankle, and Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Green made his first six field-goal attempts, including two during a decisive 14-4 Washington run. His fourth 3-pointer of the night, from the right wing off Wall’s feed, gave the Wizards a 99-94 lead. He followed that with an alley-oop dunk, also on Wall’s assist, to push the lead to five again.
From there, Wall hit a pair of contested fadeaways and then a pair of free throws to make 108-98 with 4:00 left, Washington’s largest lead of the night.
The Magic pulled only as close as five points down the stretch.
FIT TO BE TIED
Orlando and Washington were tied at the end of each of the first three quarters. It was knotted at 30 after the first, 55 at halftime and 83 after the third.
Magic: Failed to win three straight for the first time since Feb. 5-8 last season and three straight on the road for the first time since on Oct. 31-Nov. 10, 2017. … A night after his injury scratch, Gordon led all Orlando players in minutes.
Wizards: Waived G Chasson Randle before the game. … Did not commit a turnover until Austin Rivers’ errant pass with 10:41 left in the second quarter.
Magic: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Wizards: Host Cleveland on Wednesday night in the second game of a five-game homestand.
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