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ORLANDO -Tobias Harris had a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 97-92 victory over the Washington Wizards Friday night.

The Magic (19-54) snapped an eight-game losing streak and overcame another big game from Wizards point guard John Wall, who had a game-high 35 points and nine rebounds.

Wall, who had 47 points earlier this week in a victory over Memphis, made 11 of 28 shots. Martell Webster had 19 points for the Wizards.

For Harris, a second-year player from St. John's, it was his third consecutive game of 20 points or more. Harris was obtained at midseason in a trade from Milwaukee that sent J.J. Redick to the Bucks.

The Magic never trailed in the fourth quarter, although the Wizards had tied it at 78 on a 3-pointer by Trevor Ariza when they scored the first seven points of the period.

Maurice Harkless had 18 points and E'Twaun Moore 15 points for Orlando.

Harris scored five points in the last 1:30 for the Magic, who held off a late charge by the Wizards (26-46).

The Magic, already without center Nicola Vucevic (concussion), guard Arron Afflalo (hamstring) and forward Glen Davis (foot), lost starting point guard Jameer Nelson in the first quarter to an ankle sprain.

The Wizards, who trailed by 12 points at halftime, led briefly in the third period after making a 13-0 run. The Magic regained the lead by scoring the last eight points of the third period and took a 78-71 advantage into the fourth.

The Magic led, 58-46, at intermission when after shooting 51 percent from the field. Harris had 17 points and five rebounds by intermission. Harkless had 12 points and six rebounds.

Wall had 18 points in the first two quarters, including one final basket when he streaked downcourt with a steal and scored just as time expired.

The Magic led by as many as 16 points in the first half.

Notes: The Wizards were not happy with Magic forward Kyle O'Quinn when he knocked Wall to the floor in the first quarter on his drive to the basket. O'Quinn was called for a flagrant foul on a play. The Wizards are 5-28 this season without Wall. With him, they were 21-17 going into Friday night. . . . . . Magic center Vucevic missed his fifth consecutive game with a concussion. Although he was on the court taking shots in the morning, the NBA protocol for concussion return requires him to practice with the team before he can return to game action. . . . . The Wizards benefited from the return of forward Trevor Ariza, who missed the previous three games with the flu. . . . . . Washington's Nene missed his third consecutive game with a sore right knee. Webster (abdomen strain) started Friday for the Wizards after missing the past two games. . . . . Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu, who returned earlier this week from a 20-game suspension (violating the NBA steroid rule), said he still wants to be part of the Magic next season, although it seems unlikely at the moment. The Magic have gone completely to a youth movement. Turkoglu, 34, has one year and $12 million remaining on his contract, although only $6 million is guaranteed. "When summertime comes, we'll see what happens," Turkoglu said. "I don't even know my future right now, but I'll try to do my best for these young guys." Turkoglu may have played his last game for the Magic.
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