ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Bradley Beal returned from a five-game absence and scored 26 factors, Russell Westbrook had his 20th triple-double of the season and the Washington Wizards made a season-best 19 3-pointers in a 131-116 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday evening.
Washington snapped a four-game dropping streak, however not earlier than it blew most of a 21-point third-quarter lead. The Wizards additionally had a second-half meltdown on Monday, after they coughed up a 19-point lead in a loss to Toronto.
Out since March 27 with a hip contusion, Beal was added to the beginning lineup simply previous to tipoff and confirmed no indicators of rust. He made 11 of 19 pictures and Four of 6 3s and scored at the least 25 factors for the 56th time in 65 video games during the last two seasons.
Westbrook completed with 23 factors, 15 assists and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes. He has 5 triple-doubles in his previous six video games and is the NBA’s solely participant averaging double digits in factors, rebounds and assists. His 166 profession triple-doubles are second solely to Oscar Robertson’s 181.
Terrence Ross scored 24 factors and reserve middle Mo Bamba had a career-high 19 factors for Orlando, which has misplaced three straight and 16 of 20. The Magic had received their earlier seven conferences with the Wizards.
With Washington up 96-75, the Magic closed the third interval with a 15-Four run. Orlando lower the deficit to 4 factors within the fourth quarter behind sizzling capturing from Bamba, however Beal and Westbrook steadied the Wizards down the stretch.
Out the previous 25 video games with an damage that required a few weeks in a sling and loads of endurance, Orlando rookie Cole Anthony returned and contributed 13 factors and 7 assists. Anthony was first recognized was a strained shoulder on Feb. 9, however the damage was later dominated a rib fracture.
“I used to be simply excited once we came upon what it was as a result of there was per week the place we simply didn’t know what was mistaken with me and I used to be in quite a lot of ache,” stated Anthony, who scored seven straight factors in a 48-second burst after coming into within the first quarter. “As soon as we came upon, I simply sort of ran out and informed everyone.”
Wizards: Westbrook was referred to as for a Flagrant-1 foul within the third quarter when he drilled Wendell Carter Jr. with a shoulder whereas making an attempt to run by way of a display. … Washington made 17 of its first 25 pictures (68%) and 6 of eight 3s.
Magic: Gary Harris, acquired by the Magic in a deadline-day deal, returned to apply on Tuesday, however he was inactive. Harris hasn’t performed since Feb. 17 due to an adductor pressure. … Ross had the spotlight of the evening when he dunked over Bertans within the second quarter.
Wizards: At Golden State on Friday.
Magic: Host Indiana on Friday.