Wall helps Wizards down Magic 105-101 in overtime

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ORLANDO, Fla. — As well as the Wizards have played at times in the past month, Washington coach Randy Wittman said he expected a team that had never been in a tight playoffs race to go through a few growing pains.

After two tough losses to start the week, Washington showed the kind of bounce back ability it will take to survive if they do eventually make it there.

John Wall survived a poor shooting night to score 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Trevor Ariza added 21 points and 11 rebounds overall, and the Wizards hung on to beat the Orlando Magic 105-101 in overtime Friday night.

“I wasn’t making shots the whole game,” Wall said. “The only shots it felt like I was making were 3s.”

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 and a game-changing block before being helped off the court with sprained right ankle in overtime. Marcin Gortat finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

“We realize that it’s about time for us to start winning,” Gortat said. “It’s about time to clinch that spot and get those wins, especially against teams like Orlando.”

Beal’s injury looked a lot more serious when it happened, with him having to be carried off the court by teammates. He is day-to-day.

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.

“It’s painful, it hurts, but you learn from it,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said.

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.

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