Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed six rebounds while John Wall added 16 points and the 13 assists as the Washington Wizards cruised to a 98-80 victory over the Orlando Magic Monday night.
The Magic, who were again playing without starters Tobias Harris and Jameer Nelson, were led by Arron Afflalo, who had 21 points and five rebounds.
After the Wizards got off to an early 17-6 lead, the Magic quickly rallied, tying the game at 22 by the end of the first quarter.
The Magic’s lead grew to five at one point in the second quarter, but the Wizards answered with an 18-6 run and pushed their lead to 11 at 52-41 on a Wall three-pointer just before the buzzer. The Wizards quickly pushed the lead to 16 and never looked back.
The Wizards had a big advantage at the three-point line, outscoring the Magic by 18 from beyond the arc, which was the final margin. The Magic were just three-of-15 from beyond the arc while the Wizards sunk nine of their 15 attempts.
Two Magic starters, E’Twaun Moore and Glen Davis combined to score eight points on two-of-16 shooting from the field and the Magic were just 30-of-77 from the field as a team.
The win improves the Wizards to 9-9, the first time they have been .500 since drafting Wall. The Magic are now 6-11 and just 1-6 on the road.