The Wizards beat the Magic for a fourth straight win
Spencer Dinwiddie’s double scored 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the under-stretched Washington Wizards continued their best start in seven years with a 104-92 victory over hosts Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Washington played without lead scorer Bradley Beal (for personal reasons) after his grandmother’s death earlier in the week. Aaron Holiday moved to the starting line-up against Orlando and earned 11 points on a 5-9 shootout as the Wizards extended their winning streak to four games.
Washington’s Montrezel Harrell had another productive game off the bench with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Injured striker Davis Bertans (ankle) also missed his fifth consecutive game with the Wizards, who scored 21 points from 39 points on the bench in the second half.
The Leading Magicians of the Southeast Division, who have kept their opponent fourth in a row under 95 points, have the best win percentage in the Eastern Conference (0.750). Their nine wins in 12 games this season tied the start of the 2014-2015 Washington team.
Kyle Kuzma scored 12 consecutive points in the third quarter as Washington led 82-59 in the last period. He finished with 17 points, including three three-pointers, 10 rebounds, Kentavius Caldwell Pope scored 10 and Dinwiddie had 6 assists.
Washington shot 12-for-35 from behind the arc and 42-for-84 from the field.
Orlando finished a five-game home with just one win. Wendell Carter Jr., who came off in the third quarter of Wednesday’s loss to Brooklyn with an abrasion in his left eye, wore goggles on Saturday and finished the game with 17 points.
Cole Anthony (eight assists) made 11 of 12 free throws and earned 22 points for the magic, who shot 34 percent (31 to 92) from the field. Mo Bamba’s double included 14 points and 17 rebounds.
Orlando rookie Jalen Suggs, who scored eight points on a 4-10 shot, injured his right ankle during the first minute of the fourth quarter and didn’t come back.
The Wizards had an early run 20-0, taking a 34-18 lead over Dinwiddie’s bird with a 9:30 left in the second quarter. The Magic, who went goalless during the 8:23 first-half period, responded with a 15-4 shot and closed in at 38-33 behind RJ Hampton by six points and Anthony with three.
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