Mike Scott shines as Wizards send Magic to eighth straight loss
Washington forward Mike Scott comes off the bench to deliver 18 points in 17 minutes of play. AP

WASHINGTON — Mike Scott scored 18 points, Otto Porter Jr. and Bradley Beal each had 17, and the Washington Wizards beat Orlando, 130-103, on Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time) to hand the injury-ravaged Magic their eighth straight defeat.

Washington, which scored its most points this season, rebounded from a 35-point loss at Brooklyn on Friday night. The Wizards had seven players in double figures.

Markieff Morris and Kelly Oubre scored 16 apiece. John Wall had 10 points and 13 assists.

Orlando, which has lost 19 of 22, was led by Elfrid Payton's career-high 30 points.

Magic center Nikola Vucevic broke his left index finger with about seven minutes remaining in the first quarter and will be out indefinitely. Vucevic joins three of Orlando's opening-night starters on the sidelines with injuries. Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross are also hurt.

Washington took the lead late in the first quarter and was up 37-29 after the first quarter and 72-48 at halftime.


Magic: Fournier (ankle) sat out his eighth straight game. Gordon (calf) missed his fourth in a row, and F Jonathan Isaac (ankle) was out for a second consecutive game. Orlando coach Frank Vogel wouldn't guess how long they'll be out. "We've got two days until the next game," Vogel said. "There's a chance they're all back. There's a chance none of them are back." . Ross hasn't played since injuring a knee Nov. 29. . The Magic briefly led in the first quarter. They hadn't led in their previous 15 quarters.

Wizards: Coach Scott Brooks said Wall, who missed nine games with a left knee injury and played just 16 minutes Friday night, won't be on a minutes restriction soon. By the time Washington plays its next set of back-to-back games (Jan. 5-6), Brooks won't have to worry about Wall's minutes, he said. . Wall and Morris were assessed technical fouls in the first five minutes.


Magic: At the Miami Heat on Tuesday

Wizards: At the Boston Celtics on Monday. Washington plays on Christmas, New Year's Eve and Easter in the regular season for the first time.

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