Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/28/12
WASHINGTON -- Jordan Crawford scored 27 points and Nene had a season-high 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Washington Wizards snapped their eight-game losing streak by defeating the Orlando Magic 105-97 on Friday night. Kevin Seraphin scored 17 points while Garrett Temple made his first six shots and scored 13 points in his second game with the Wizards (4-23). Washington fell behind 25-8 midway through the first quarter, but stormed back for a 54-51 halftime lead with Crawford and Temple combining for 29 points on 13 of 16 shooting. Crawford's 3-pointer highlighted a 13-0 third-quarter run as the Wizards opened up a 78-63 lead. Arron Afflalo had 26 points and J.J. Redick scored 23 points with five 3-pointers for the Magic (12-17), who responded with a 17-5 run. After Afflalo's jumper trimmed the lead to 83-80 with 8:53 remaining, Nene's layup sparked a 9-0 spurt by the Wizards. Seraphin's layup moved Washington ahead 96-82 with 5:25 left. The Magic pulled within eight points multiple times, but would get no closer. Washington, owners of the NBA's worst record, had lost 11 of 12 games including five straight at home since upsetting Miami 105-101 on Dec. 4. That game also marked the last time the league's lowest scoring team totaled at least 100 points. Crawford finished 11 of 16 with three 3-pointers. Nene made 9 of 10 free throws. Jameer Nelson scored 14 of his 16 points in the first quarter as Orlando scorched the nets from long range for a 25-8 lead. The Magic made their first five 3-point attempts -- four by Nelson -- during the opening six minutes. However, Orlando went cold from beyond the arc while Crawford and Temple heated up. Washington trimmed the lead to 31-25 by quarter's end and pulled ahead for good at 52-51 on Temple's 3-pointer. The Magic defeated the Wizards 90-83 in Orlando on Dec. 19 for their fourth straight win. Since then, Orlando has lost four straight, all without Glen Davis. The Magic's second-leading scorer sprained his left shoulder in the final minute in the first meeting with Washington. Orlando had won 10 of the last 11 meetings in the series and nine of the last 11 at Washington. Notes: The Wizards' starting lineup did not include Crawford for the second straight game. Coach Randy Wittman brought his leading scorer off the bench Wednesday against Cleveland for violating a team rule. The Wizards coach said that matter did factor into Friday's lineup. ... John Wall participated in a light team workout for the second straight day, Wittman said. The first pick in the 2010 draft has not played this season due to a stress injury in his right knee. ... Starting in place of Davis for a third straight game, Gustavo Ayon had eight points. ... Hedo Turkoglu, who underwent surgery on Nov. 3 to repair a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand, participated in Orlando's pregame shootaround. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn deemed the 12-year veteran day-to-day, barring any setback. ... Washington plays at Chicago on Saturday. Orlando opens a four-game homestand Saturday against Toronto.
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