Scott scores 18 in Wizards' 130-103 win over Magic
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 24, 2017 11:02 AM
Washington Wizards forward Mike Scott (30) drives past Orlando Magic forward Marreese Speights (5) for a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 130-103. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mike Scott scored 18 points, Otto Porter Jr. and Bradley Beal each had 17, and the Washington Wizards beat Orlando 130-103 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) to hand the injury-ravaged Magic their eighth straight defeat.
Washington, which scored its most points this season, rebounded from a 35-point loss at Brooklyn on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). The Wizards had seven players in double figures.
Markieff Morris and Kelly Oubre scored 16 apiece. John Wall had 10 points and 13 assists.
Orlando, which has lost 19-of-22, was led by Elfrid Payton's career-high 30 points.
Magic center Nikola Vucevic broke his left index finger with about seven minutes remaining in the first quarter and will be out indefinitely. Vucevic joins three of Orlando's opening-night starters on the sidelines with injuries. Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross are also hurt.
Washington took the lead late in the first quarter and was up 37-29 after the first quarter and 72-48 at halftime.
Magic: Fournier (ankle) sat out his eighth straight game. Gordon (calf) missed his fourth in a row, and F Jonathan Isaac (ankle) was out for a second consecutive game. Orlando coach Frank Vogel wouldn't guess how long they'll be out. ''We've got two days until the next game,'' Vogel said. ''There's a chance they're all back. There's a chance none of them are back.'' . ...Ross hasn't played since injuring a knee Nov. 29 (Nov. 30, PHL time). ...The Magic briefly led in the first quarter. They hadn't led in their previous 15 quarters.
Wizards: Coach Scott Brooks said Wall, who missed nine games with a left knee injury and played just 16 minutes Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), won't be on a minutes restriction soon. By the time Washington plays its next set of back-to-back games (Jan. 6-7, PHL time), Brooks won't have to worry about Wall's minutes, he said. ... Wall and Morris were assessed technical fouls in the first five minutes.
Magic: At the Miami Heat on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time)
Wizards: At the Boston Celtics on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Washington plays on Christmas, New Year's Eve and Easter in the regular season for the first time.