Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Wednesday, November 10th
Game 2: Friday, January 28th
Game 3: Saturday, January 29th
Game 4: Friday, April 1st

Wizards 111

(41-30, 16-21 away)

Magic 102

(34-38, 23-13 home)

    7:00 PM ET, April 1, 2005

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 29 26 38 18111
    ORL 23 18 28 33102

    Top Performers

    Washington: L. Hughes 30 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Orlando: D. Howard 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    Washington withstands Magic comeback

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas scored 31 points and Larry Hughes added 30 for the Washington Wizards, who withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat the Orlando Magic 111-102 Friday night.

    The Wizards led by 24 points to start the final period, but Orlando got as close as 97-92 with four minutes to play before Washington regained control.

    Rookie Dwight Howard led the Magic with 22 points, 12 of them in the final period. Steve Francis added 21 points and 10 rebounds and DeShawn Stevenson had 19 points.

    The Wizards led 93-69 at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Magic scored the first 10 points of the period and eventually outscored the Wizards 23-4. Stevenson scored the last seven points in the rally, finishing it with a fast-break layup that made it 97-92 with 4:01 left.

    Arenas responded with a floater in the lane and followed that with a 3-pointer. Etan Thomas added a pair of free throws that made it 104-92 with 2:35 left.

    Washington used an 11-2 run early in the second period to open a 43-27 lead. The Wizards' backcourt of Arenas and Hughes, who also had nine rebounds, combined for 31 points in the first half by hitting nine of 16 shots.

    The Magic backcourt of Francis and Stevenson hit seven of 21 shots and scored 18 points.

    That pretty much was the story of the half as Washington shot 54.1 percent while the struggling Magic hit only 36.6 and trailed 55-41 at the break.

    Orlando took two shots at making it a game in the second half. But both rallies flamed out before the Magic could catch the Wizards.

    A driving layup by Francis cut the deficit to 57-47 with 9:55 left in the third quarter, but the Wizards quickly went on a 16-4 run to push their advantage back to 73-51.

    The Magic used a full-court press to fuel the fourth-quarter rally that got them back in the game.

    Game notes

    The Wizards reached the 40-win mark by April 1st for the first time since the 1978-79 season. ... The Magic signed PG Andre Barrett to a 10-day contract. Barrett was waived by Houston on March 19. He appeared in 27 games for the Rockets. He had seven points in his first game in Orlando. ... Wizards SG Larry Hughes is averaging 23.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in the month of March. ... Magic G DeShawn Stevenson has scored in double figures six of his last seven games after hitting double digits just four times in the first 66 games.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 111 102
    FGM-FGA 38-83 (.458) 38-89 (.427)
    3PM-3PA 9-22 (.409) 2-14 (.143)
    FTM-FTA 26-36 (.722) 24-33 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-49 19-44
    Assists 17 17
    Turnovers 21 16
    Steals 9 13
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 10 31
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 32 (1/1)
    Largest Lead 25 4

    Top Performers

    Larry Hughes Hughes
    Points: 30
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 22
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 2