Green's late basket lifts Wizards past Magic 95-91
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 26, 2019 10:44 AM
Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green (32) dunks in front of Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
By Dick Scanlon, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Green made the go-ahead layup with 42 seconds left and scored a season-high 24 points as the Washington Wizards defeated the Orlando Magic 95-91 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Bradley Beal had 27 points and seven assists for the Wizards, who won for the fifth time in seven games.
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 28 points and nine rebounds, and Aaron Gordon added 22 points and 11 rebounds. Terrence Ross scored 16 points off the bench.
The Wizards, who extended their lead to 18 points twice in the third quarter, shot 56 percent (15-for-27) from three-point range. The Magic shot 7-for-33 (21 percent) from beyond the arc.
Green hit three three-pointers and Otto Porter made two triples as the Wizards closed out the first half on a 15-5 run for a 50-38 lead at the break.
Washington shot 9-for-15 from three-point range in first half, while Orlando made 3-of-21 from long distance.
Beal and Thomas Bryant combined for 12 points early in the second half as the Wizards stretched their lead to 18. But a three-pointer by Ross capped a 15-point run as the Magic got back into the game.
The Magic tied the score on a dunk by Jonathan Isaac with 4:24 left, and a layup by Vucevic with 1:37 left put Orlando up 91-89.
But Vucevic missed two free throws with 59.6 seconds left and the Magic didn't score again.
Wizards: It was the opening game of a three-game trip for the Wizards, who have won 19-of-23 against Orlando. ... Green shot 6-for-9 from three-point range.
Magic: Friday (Saturday, PHL time) was the fifth anniversary of Ross' 50-point game for Toronto against the Los Angeles Clippers. ... G Jonathon Simmons is back in the rotation after a string of five straight DNPs. "(Getting to the basket) is not a strength of our team and it's a strength for him," coach Steve Clifford said. "So that's why I want to go that way for a while."
Wizards: At San Antonio on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Magic: At Houston on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).