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                     === Nene powers Wizards past Magic ===
 Orlando,  FL (  - Nene scored a team-high 17 points and John
 Wall  finished with 10 points and 12 assists to lead the Washington Wizards to
 a 96-86 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday.
 Bradley  Beal  finished with 16  points while  Trevor Booker and Marcin Gortat
 added  14  and 12  points, respectively,  for the Wizards,  who moved one game
 ahead of the Charlotte Bobcats for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.
 "It's great to win a game like this. I don't think anybody shot the ball well.
 I think we shot like 10 percent from the 3-point line so it was definitely a
 great defensive effort by us," Beal said. "They got up early again on us, but
 I think we did a great job of sticking with it defensively and that's what won
 the game."
 The  Bobcats  fell to  the  Boston  Celtics  on  Friday. Both  Washington  and
 Charlotte have three games remaining.
 Arron  Afflalo scored  a game-high 19 points, Kyle O'Quinn added 13 points and
 nine  rebounds and Jameer Nelson finished with 12 points, 11 assists and seven
 rebounds for the Magic, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
 "The offense got stagnant and we started to stand around too much on the
 offensive end," said Nelson. "They turned up the pressure a little bit and it
 got physical."
 The  Magic raced  out to a 29-17  lead after 12 minutes, but were outscored in
 each quarter after that.
 The  Wizards used a  17-5 run to tie the game midway through the second frame.
 Otto  Porter's  layup with 4:50 remaining  in the first half had Washington in
 front, 38-36, but Orlando managed to take a 51-45 edge into the break.
 The  Wizards briefly  led 60-57 following a  Wall jumper with 6:42 left in the
 third,  but just over three minutes later, Nelson got a reverse layup to fall.
 Orlando carried a 70-67 advantage into the final frame.
 A  pair of  Beal free throws early  in the fourth gave Washington the lead and
 the  visitors never looked back. Al Harrington's layup with 6:59 left made it,
 79-75, but Doron Lamb drained a 3-pointer to get the Magic back within a point
 moments later.
 A  9-0  run later in  the quarter  put the game  away for Washington, which is
 returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
                                   Game Notes
 The Wizards scored 23 points off 18 Orlando turnovers ... Washington will host
 Milwaukee and Miami before closing the season in Boston ... Lamb finished with
 11 points off the bench.
 04/12 00:21:21 ET