Beal, Wall score 30 apiece; Wizards down Magic 125-119
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 13, 2018 10:46 AM
Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) shoots over Orlando Magic forward Evan Fournier (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Washington. The Wizards won 125-119. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal and John Wall each scored 30 points and the Washington Wizards snapped a two-game losing streak with a 125-119 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Ian Mahinmi finished with a season-high 17 points in the defense-optional game. Washington shot 56.8 percent from the field and scored a season-high 74 points in the paint.
Orlando has lost seven in a row, 16-of-17 and 27 of its last 31. That stretch included a 130-103 rout by Washington on Dec. 23 (Dec. 24, PHL time).
Elfrid Payton scored 27 points and Jonathon Simmons had 23 as all five Orlando starters reached double figures. Bismack Biyombo finished 8-of-9 from the field for a career-high 21 points. The Magic hit 51.3 percent of their attempts from the floor after a 6-for-22 fourth quarter.
The Wizards struggled offensively in recent fourth quarters but made 11-of-20 attempts against Orlando. Wall hit three jump shots during an 11-2 run that gave Washington a 121-113 lead with 3:15 remaining.
Wall injured his ankle on the final play of the first half after landing on teammate Marcin Gortat's foot while attempting to rebound. He left the court with a slight limp, but opened the second half and scored 10 points in the third quarter, including an emphatic driving dunk.
Magic: Aaron Gordon had 14 points and Evan Fournier scored 10. ... Orlando shot 70.6 percent from the field in the first quarter. ... With Orlando in the nation's capital ahead of Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, coach Frank Vogel took the team to the slain civil rights leader's memorial. "It's good for our guys to keep a big picture and continue to be enlightened about the world. Obviously, sadly there is far too much racial injustice in our country."
Wizards: Wall became the youngest player (27 years, 128 days) in franchise to reach 10,000 points for his career. ... Beal made nine of his first 10 shot attempts and finished the first half 10-of-13 for 23 points as the Wizards entered halftime leading 65-63. ... Gortat had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.
Magic: Host Minnesota on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
Wizards: Finish their five-game homestand Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against Brooklyn.