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Wizards Blast Magic at Home

One night after the Washington Wizards were shellacked by 35 points on the road against the Brooklyn Nets, the team returned home Saturday and did the same to the Orlando Magic with a 130-103 victory at Capital One Arena in northwest D.C.

Washington (18-15) took advantage of an injury-plagued Magic (11-23) squad with three starters inactive and stretched its losing streak to eight games.

Forward Mike Scott came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 18 points. He made the only 3-point shot he attempted and was a perfect 3-for-3 at the charity stripe.

“Just came out and play with energy and effort,” Scott said of the team’s performance. “Tonight was great. The ball was moving. Extra passes were being made. People making shots.”

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. speaks with reporters after the team's 130-103 victory over the Orlando Magic at Capital One Arena in D.C. on Dec. 23. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. speaks with reporters after the team’s 130-103 victory over the Orlando Magic at Capital One Arena in D.C. on Dec. 23. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

The Wizards’ point total was the team’s biggest output of the season. Washington shot 16-for-30, or 53 percent, beyond the arc.

Free-throw shooting had been a recent problem for the team, but they converted 20-23, or 87 percent.

Magic point guard Elfrid Payton led all scorers with 30 points, but the team shot only 8-of-26 from the 3-point line.

The Wizards are one of 10 teams to play on Christmas Day. They face the Boston Celtics (27-9) at 5:30 p.m.

“It’s an honor … to play on Christmas,” said Wizards head coach Scott Brooks. “We would all love to be with our families. … We are on national TV against the Celtics at their place. We should enjoy it, but you don’t enjoy it if you don’t play hard.”

It will be the first time the teams have faced each other since last season’s second-round playoff series, which the Celtics won 4-3.

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William J. Ford – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com

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