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    Magic extend unbeaten run to three with win over Westbrook-less Wizards

    Dec 28, 2020
    PHOTO: AP

    By BOBBY BANCROFT

    WASHINGTON — Markelle Fultz and Terrence Ross each scored 26 points as the Orlando Magic mounted a big fourth quarter comeback and beat the Washington Wizards, 120-113, on Sunday night (Monday, Manila time) to start a season 3-0 for the first time since 2009-10.

    Nikola Vučević scored in the post to give Orlando a 114-113 lead with 25.1 seconds as the Magic scored the final 10 points of the game in defeating the Wizards for the sixth straight game.

    Vučević finished with 15 points and eight rebounds while Evan Fournier added 19.

    Bradley Beal had 29 points and seven assists but was just 10 for 29 from the field while Russell Westbrook was held out for rest.

    While it will become more commonplace throughout this unique season, Washington and Orlando became the first teams to play a back-to-back in the same venue since Jan. 24-25, 1988 when Washington hosted Philadelphia.

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    Wizards coach Scott Brooks rested Westbrook in the second game of a back-to-back. Raul Neto, who started three games last season with Philadelphia, replaced the former MVP in the starting line-up and finished with 22 points and five assists.

    Orlando trailed 94-77 entering the fourth quarter after scoring just 15 points in third.

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    Thomas Bryant had 16 points and seven rebounds while Troy Brown added 12 points off the bench for Washington.

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    Magic: Orlando coach Steve Clifford said pregame that he was going to watch Aaron Gordon's minutes. Gordon played 20 minutes and scored four points ... Orlando's bench outscored the Washington 50-31 behind another big night from Ross

    Wizards: Neto made his first three shots to run his consecutive streak up to seven after going 4 for 4 in Saturday's loss to the Magic. ... Beal missed two shots in the final 19 seconds.

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    Magic: Travels to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder on Tuesday.

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    Wizards: Continues a four-game homestand by hosting Chicago on Tuesday.

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