Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/8

Game 1: Friday, January 8th
Game 2: Friday, February 5th
Game 3: Saturday, March 13th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 7th

Magic 97

(24-12, 11-8 away)

Wizards 104

(12-22, 6-9 home)

    Coverage: CSNB

    7:00 PM ET, January 8, 2010

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 29 27 21 2097
    WSH 29 22 20 33104

    Top Performers

    Orl: D. Howard 23 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    WSH: A. Jamison 28 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Wizards climb out of 10-point hole to beat Magic after addressing home crowd

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- The sellout crowd at the Gilbert Arenas-free Verizon Center gave the Washington Wizards a most improbable series of fourth-quarter standing ovations.

    Fast Facts

    • Antawn Jamison had 28 points and 11 rebounds as the Wizards rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Jamison has scored at least 25 points in four of his last five games.

    • Caron Butler added 23 points and Randy Foye scored 20.

    • This was the Wizards' second victory in their last seven games.

    • Dwight Howard had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic.

    • Orlando lost four straight games for the first time since February 2007 and ended their five-game winning streak against the Wizards.

    • Vince Carter played 10 minutes before injuring his shoulder.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    Their last-place team was rallying from 10 points down to beat a first-place team. And on a day in which some players were fined and others were dealing with legal issues; when all things having to do with their marquee player disappeared from the arena; and after Antawn Jamison took the microphone before the game and said things were "very embarrassing."

    Washington coach Flip Saunders even admitted the distractions had become so great that his team was almost in "a foggy-type situation."

    Nevertheless, the Wizards beat the Orlando Magic 104-97 Friday night, exciting even the typically subdued fans in the nation's capital.

    "It shows that the people haven't given up on the team," Saunders said, "and it shows the team hasn't given up on themselves."

    Jamison had 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wizards in the team's first home game since Arenas was suspended indefinitely by the NBA. The three-time All-Star is being investigated by federal and local authorities for bringing guns to the Verizon Center and related incidents.

    The team removed nearly all traces of their star guard from the arena, taking Arenas-related merchandise out of stores and editing him out of the pregame video shown on the scoreboard. Randy Foye, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee and Nick Young were fined $10,000 each by the team for joining in the frivolity when Arenas pointed his index fingers at teammates as if he were firing a pair of guns during an on-court huddle before Tuesday night's game at Philadelphia.

    "It's kind of like a circus every day," said DeShawn Stevenson, who met with his lawyer Friday in preparation to testify before the grand jury investigating Arenas, "but at the same time it's our jobs and we need to take it seriously."

    Dwight Howard had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the struggling Magic, who shot 43 percent and have lost four straight for the first time since February 2007. All four of the losses have come against sub-.500 teams.

    "It gets worse. It's terrible," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We didn't have one guy on the floor that could make a shot."

    Orlando played most of the game without guard Vince Carter, who injured his left shoulder in a collision in the second quarter and did not return. Neither Van Gundy nor Carter would comment on the injury.

    The Wizards trailed 81-71 with 10:39 remaining when Jamison and Mike Miller hit 3-pointers to start a 23-5 run. The crowd came to life with its first standing ovation after a sequence in which Caron Butler stuffed Howard and Blatche fought hard for an offensive rebound at the other end.

    The Wizards had lost five of their previous six, including their first game without Arenas. Saunders used his 15th starting lineup of the season, with Foye taking Arenas' point guard spot and Miller returning at small forward -- with a buzz cut instead of a ponytail -- in his first game since straining his right calf on Nov. 21.

    Game notes

    Foye finished with a season-high 20 points. He left the game briefly to get four stitches after getting hit in the mouth in the first half. ... Saunders and Jamison both received technicals for arguing when officials overturned a goaltending call on Howard in the first quarter. ... Orlando's Rashard Lewis and Brandon Bass received technicals in the fourth quarter. Lewis fouled out with 3:31 to play.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 104
    FGM-FGA 36-84 (.429) 34-80 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 7-27 (.259) 6-15 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 18-30 (.600) 30-34 (.882)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-42 15-55
    Assists 15 17
    Turnovers 12 16
    Steals 7 4
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 8 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (2/0) 18 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 11 9

    Top Performers

    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 23
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 28
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0