Magic continue mastery over Wizards with 130-120 win

Terrence Ross scored 25 points off the bench as the Orlando Magic won their fifth straight game over the Washington Wizards with a 130-120 victory on Saturday.

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Dec 26, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) holds the ball as Orlando Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams (7) and Magic center Khem Birch (24) defend in the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Terrence Ross scored 25 points off the bench as the visiting Orlando Magic continued their mastery of the Washington Wizards with a 130-120 win on Saturday.

Nikola Vucevic collected 22 points and 17 rebounds and Maryland native Markelle Fultz had 21 points for the Magic, who scored at least 120 points en route to winning all four games against the Wizards last season.

Washington’s Bradley Beal answered a 31-point performance in the season-opening loss to Philadelphia by scoring 39 on Saturday. Beal made 9 of 13 free-throw attempts, however the rest of the team made 6 of 15 attempts from the charity stripe.

Russell Westbrook recorded his second straight triple-double by collecting 15 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists for the Wizards, who will host the Magic again on Sunday.

Thomas Bryant scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor, though he endured a regrettable moment in the third quarter. Bryant unintentionally dunked on his own basket while attempting to corral a rebound, with Evan Fournier being credited with the easiest two points of his career.

Orlando claimed a 70-64 lead after that flub, but Bryant atoned for his miscue by making a 3-pointer, a dunk and his third layup in a 2 1/2-minute span to give Washington an 81-80 advantage.

The teams continued their back-and-forth affair before the Magic erupted on a 9-0 run midway into the fourth quarter. Vucevic drained a 3-pointer and Aaron Gordon converted an alley-oop to highlight that surge and stake Orlando to a 113-103 lead with 5:53 to play.

Bryant’s uncontested 3-pointer cut the Magic’s lead to 115-110 with 3:52 remaining, but Ross’ 3-pointer stopped the momentum. Fultz made a pretty reverse layup and had a nifty pass for an easy conversion by Vucevic.

Orlando broke a 32-all tie by scoring 10 of the first 12 points of the second quarter. Ross highlighted that surge by draining a pullup jumper and sinking all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer.

–Field Level Media