Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Wizards edge slumping Magic

ORLANDO— John Wall had 26 points and 10 assists to help the Wizards hold on for a 94-91 victory over the Magic on Friday night.

Wall scored Washington's last eight as the Wizards held on after surrendering a 19-point first-quarter lead. Otto Porter scored 19 for Washington, and all five starters finished in double figures.

Serge Ibaka led Orlando with 19 points, and Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 17 rebounds. Elfrid Payton scored 15, all in the second half, as the Magic lost its third straight.

The Wizards trailed 80-76 after Magic guard D.J. Augustin's three-point play with 6:22 left in the game. Washington went on a 7-0 run behind Porter's 3-pointer and back-to-back layups from Marcin Gortat, who had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Though Orlando cut the deficit to one twice, the Wizards made the lead stand up.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Rookie Davis Bertans set a career high in scoring for the second straight game, pitching in 15 of San Antonio's 56 bench points to help the visiting Spurs beat the Celtics 109-106 for their eighth straight victory. … Tyler Johnson matched his season high with 22 points and the visiting Heat snapped a two-game losing streak with a 90-81 victory over the Grizzlies. … Kevin Love scored 27, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the host Cavaliers led by as many as 45 points in a 128-90 rout of the Mavericks. … Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points and a career-high 10 assists as the host Pistons beat the Clippers 108-97. … Gordon Hayward scored 24 as the host Jazz beat the Hawks 95-68. Atlanta has lost four of five after starting the season 9-2. … Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 35, including the tiebreaking jumper with 3.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Knicks beat the Hornets 113-111 for their sixth straight home victory. … DeMar DeRozan scored 26 to lead the visiting Raptors to a 105-99 victory over the Bucks. … Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade had 26 points each to lead the visiting Bulls to a 105-89 victory over the 76ers. … Glenn Robinson had 20 points as the host Pacers beat the Nets 118-97.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Cavaliers forward Channing Frye is out indefinitely after the death of his father, Thomas, on Thanksgiving. … Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph didn't play against the Heat due to the death of his mother, Mae.

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