The Orlando Magic fell to the Washington Wizards in overtime Friday, 105-101, despite a 21-point outing from Tobias Harris off the bench. The loss is Orlando's fifth straight, marking the first time it's dropped so many consecutive games since it lost 10 straight from December 31st-January 17th.
John Wall tallied 21 points, five rebounds, and 11 assists for the Wizards, who had four players--including Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat, formerly of Orlando--reach double-doubles. Arron Afflalo scored 18 points on 7-of-21 shooting for the Magic, and Jameer Nelson added 13 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.
The Magic met defeat despite limiting the Wizards to 40 percent shooting. Washington had a decisive edge at the foul line, continuing a recent trend of Orlando's opponents outworking it there: Washington went 23-of-29 at the stripe, while the Magic went 8-of-10.
The Magic led by five points with 48 seconds to play in regulation after Harris tipped in a missed jumper by Afflalo. Wall, the Wizards' All-Star point guard and franchise cornerstone, brought Washington back almost entirely by himself: he converted two of three foul shots after baiting Afflalo into fouling him on a trey, cutting Orlando's lead to three points. After Gortat blocked Victor Oladipo at the rim on the Magic's ensuing play, Wall grabbed the board, killed some clock, and then nailed a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining, forcing overtime.
The extra frame featured seven lead changes and one tie, but Ariza ignited a 7-0 run with a trey at the one-minute mark which gave Washington control for good.