Wall helps Wizards down Magic 105-101 in overtime
- Article by: KYLE HIGHTOWER
- Associated Press
- March 14, 2014 - 9:30 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — John Wall had 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Trevor Ariza added 21 points and 11 rebounds overall, and the Washington Wizards hung on to beat the Orlando Magic 105-101 in overtime Friday night.
The victory ends the Wizards' two-game losing streak overall, and a seven-game road losing streak to the Magic.
Bradley Beal added 20 points before being helped off the court with an injury in overtime. Marcin Gortat finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Orlando led by as many as nine in the second half before seeing that lead evaporate down the stretch.
Tobias Harris had 21 points and Arron Afflalo finished with 18 to lead the Magic. Orlando has now lost five in a row and 11 of their last 14.
Wall was fined $15,000 for inappropriate comments toward officials at the conclusion of the Wizards' loss against Charlotte on Wednesday, and he had another run-in with the referees Friday. He was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter for continuing to argue a non-foul call with referee Joey Crawford after Wall had walked back to the sideline huddle.
It punctuated a mostly frustrating night for Wall, who finished just 7 of 18 shooting.
But he picked it up when he had to.
Jameer Nelson hit two free throws for the seventh lead-change of overtime to give the Magic a 97-96 lead.
He got a steal on the Wizards' next possession, but had his layup attempt blocked from behind by Beal. It was rebounded by Wall, who found Ariza in the corner for 3 to put Washington back up 99-97.
That's when Washington lost Beal to what appeared to be an ankle injury.
It didn't stifle the Wizards' momentum, though, with Wall sinking a jumper with less than 30 seconds to play. The Magic were forced to foul after a miss and the Wizards closed out the victory at the foul line.
The Magic led 60-51 in the third quarter before the Wizards closed the period on a 16-6 spurt to take a 67-66 lead into the fourth.
Orlando regained its footing, though, getting seven straight points from Victor Oladipo to start the quarter. After several lead changes Harris sank a pair of free-throws to put the Magic in front at 85-79 with just 1:55 to play.
Wall cut it three with a 3-pointer, but Harris responded with tip-in on the other end.
Wall was fouled on a 3-point attempt on the Wizards' next trip down the floor, but got only two of his three free-throw attempts to fall.
A missed jumper by Oladipo on the Magic's ensuing touch gave it back to Washington and Wall then tied it at 87 with 10.6 remaining.
Oladipo got up a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired in regulation, but it bounced off the side of the rim.
Washington took a 44-41 lead into halftime, but had a chance to blow the game open a lot more.
The Wizards were hot from 3 early and jumped out to a 23-8 advantage as Orlando forced up quick shots and turned the ball over.
But the Magic reserves helped their offense wake up, and sparked a 24-8 run to give Orlando back a one-point lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter.
NOTES: Orlando dropped to 1-5 in overtime games this season. ... Orlando is now 0-32 when being outrebounded this season. ... Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken Jr. sat courtside.
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