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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 was just hustle play, one that we definitely needed. John got a pass deflected, and my first instinct was to just go chase it down,” Beal said. “He had a head start on me I guess I kind of baited him into it, and I was able to jump up and get it before it was (goaltending).”
Soon after that play was when Beal went down with his 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 ended 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 to 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.
But in the end, the Wizards felt as though Beal’s big block was the biggest reason they were able to walk out with their first victory in Orlando in over four years.
“He’s making a name for himself,” Gortat said. “He’s one of our rising stars.”
NOTES: Orlando dropped to 1-5 in overtime games this season. … Orlando is 0-32 when being outrebounded this season. … Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken Jr. sat courtside.
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