NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Washington
(Saturday, January 29th)
Final Score: Orlando 103, Washington 97
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Steve Francis scored 32 points with nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the Orlando Magic to a 103-97 victory over the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center.
Grant Hill added 27 for the Magic, who posted a 108-101 win over Washington on Friday in Orlando. Doug Christie contributed 16 points and Dwight Howard had 13 points and 10 boards in the win.
Gilbert Arenas scored a game-high 37 points for the Wizards on head coach Eddie Jordan's 50th birthday. Antawn Jamison, playing in his 371st consecutive game, added 18 in the loss.
"We just got a real good butt-kicking for two days," said Washington coach Eddie Jordan, reflecting on a sour end to his birthday. "Maybe we'll fall under the radar a little bit. It was humble pie."
Washington had won its previous eight at the MCI Center.
Orlando, which had led since early in the second quarter, was ahead by four after 36 minutes, but Washington tied the game early in the final frame. A pair of free throws by Arenas gave the Wizards a 93-92 edge with 2:14 to go.
The lead would change hands five times over the final two minutes until Francis buried a turnaround jumper with 24 seconds left to give Orlando a 99-97 lead. The Wizards had made 12 consecutive free throws, but Brendan Haywood went to the line and missed a pair with 18 seconds left.
"I think it's more a bigger game for our team," Francis said. "Because this is one of the toughest teams in the East this year, and we're right there trying to chase them and be where they are."
Christie then gave Orlando a four-point lead with a pair from the stripe with 16 seconds left to seal the win.
The Magic led, 55-45, at halftime and maintained the lead throughout the entire third quarter. Washington pulled within one, 71-70, after a pair of free throws by Arenas with 1:18 remaining in the third quarter, but Hedo Turkoglu hit a three to give Orlando a four-point edge.
The teams traded baskets and the Magic went into the final frame with a 76-72 lead.
Washington was ahead by one after 12 minutes of play and the lead changed hands several times early in the second quarter. Hill's field goal with just over eight minutes left in the opening half gave Orlando the lead and the Magic would remain on top until late in the fourth quarter.
Leading 34-33, Orlando used a 12-2 run to open an 11-point lead. Hill scored with 3:20 left in the second quarter to cap the spurt and extend the Orlando lead to 11, 46-35.
The Magic, who shot 51 percent (21-of-41) from the field in the first half went to the break with a 10-point lead. Washington was just 14-of-45 from the field (31 percent) in the opening half and missed nine free throws.
With the Wizards ahead by one, the teams traded three-pointers at the end of the opening quarter. Arenas, who had a pair of treys in the first quarter, connected from beyond the arc to give Washington a 21-17 advantage. Francis, who did not have a field goal in last night's game until late in the fourth period, countered for the Magic to cut the Wizards' lead to 21-20.
The Wizards combined to shoot just 54-for-79 from the free throw line over the past two days...Tony Battie led the Magic with 11 rebounds...Francis had 14 points in the second quarter...Jamison's consecutive games streak is the longest current run in the league. Teammate Michael Ruffin is the only other Wizard to play in all 43 games this season...Orlando has lost five of its last seven at Washington.
01/29 23:39:10 ET