Trevor Ariza finished with 21 points and added 11 rebounds, his 11th double-double of the season, to lead the Washington Wizards to a close victory over the Orlando Magic, 105-101. Washington (34-31) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Ariza finished 6-16 from the field (4-8 on 3-pointers) and 5-6 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Washington were John Wall with 21 points and 11 assists, Marcin Gortat with 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Trevor Booker with 11 points and 11 rebounds. On 8-14 shooting, including 1-4 from behind the arc, Tobias Harris put up 21 points off the bench for Orlando in the loss. Jameer Nelson contributed 13 points and 8 assists.
Orlando (19-48) has now dropped their last five in a row.
Coming up, the Wizards take on the Brooklyn Nets, who are 33-30 on the season. The Magic match up with the Golden State Warriors, currently sitting at 41-25 this year. The Wizards won their last two meetings with Brooklyn. The Magic have a 0-1 record against Golden State this season.