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    Magic use balanced offense to beat Wizards and spoil Westbrook triple-double

    Dec 27, 2020
    PHOTO: AP

    By BOBBY BANCROFT

    WASHINGTON — The Orlando Magic beat Washington, 130-120, on Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time), overcoming another triple-double by Russell Westbrook in his home debut for the Wizards.

    Westbrook had 15 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists to become the fourth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in his team's first two games. Magic Johnson (twice), Jerry Lucas, and Oscar Robertson previously accomplished the feat. Westbrook is the first player to do it with a new team after being acquired from Houston in the off-season for John Wall.

    Terrence Ross scored 25 points to lead Orlando. Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Markelle Fultz added 21 points to help the Magic win its second straight to start the season.

    Bradley Beal had 39 points for the Wizards, while Thomas Bryant had 19.

    Westbrook, who averaged a triple-double three straight seasons from 2016-17 to 2018-19 with Oklahoma City, had just two points at the half finished shooting 6 for 19 from the field.

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    Washington has lost two straight to open the season.

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    Magic: Orlando's reserves outscored their Wizards counterparts 53-32. ... Coach Steve Clifford said pregame that James Ennis (hamstring strain) remained in Orlando to continue his rehab schedule.

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    Wizards: Coach Scott Brooks said pregame that he wasn't sure if Westbrook would play in the second half of back-to-backs but is hopeful Davis Bertans play between 18 to 20 minutes. Bertans had nine points in 20 minutes. ... Two-way rookie guard Cassius Winston (hamstring strain) was inactive but has returned to practice…

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    The Magic and Wizards will complete their back-to-back in Washington on Sunday. It is the only meeting between the two Southeast division foes in the first half of the NBA schedule release.

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