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
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.
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.