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Beal, Bryant lead Wizards to crucial 100-90 win over Magic

WASHINGTON (AP) After one of his worst games of the season, Washington forward Thomas Bryant had a heart-to-heart with Wizards coach Scott Brooks.

Apparently, it helped.

Bryant shook off those memories to score 21 points and grab 10 rebounds Wednesday night, and the Wizards made up a little ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 100-90 win over the Orlando Magic.

''I was putting too much stress on myself,'' said Bryant, limited to two points and one rebound in 14 minutes during Monday's victory over Sacramento. ''He just told me to relax and play the game. You're going to go through funks sometimes, so don't let it get you down.''

Bradley Beal scored 23 points and Jabari Parker added 19 to help the 11th-place Wizards move within 1 1/2 games of ninth-place Orlando and Charlotte. The Magic and Hornets are two back of eighth-place Miami, which blew out Detroit.

Washington improved to 2-0 on its five-game homestand.

Bryant and Parker each started on the bench but both went 9 of 12 from the field, and they combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter. Bryant has made 43 starts this season but was dropped from Brooks' first five in late February following some inconsistent performances.

It was another such effort that led to Bryant seeking out his coach's counsel.

''The thing I loved about it is we met yesterday and he was frustrated,'' Brooks said. ''I like guys that care and are bothered by it when they play bad. I don't want it to just roll off your back and not (be) a big deal.''

Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Orlando, which has lost four of five heading into its own five-game homestand. D.J. Augustin added 16 points for the Magic, who scored only 37 after halftime.

''We're just not playing like a team that wants to go to the playoffs, period,'' said guard Evan Fournier, who finished with eight points. ''This time of the year it's going to get harder. Teams are trying to get in and you've got to elevate your intensity, your focus, and we're just not doing that.''

After the Magic opened the second half on an 8-0 run to tie it at 61, neither team led by more than six until Parker scored the final six points of an 11-2 spurt to put Washington up 91-82.

A few possessions later, Beal's 3-pointer in transition stretched it to 94-84 with 3:48 left. The Wizards led by at least four the rest of the way, pushing it back to 10 on Bryant's dunk with 52 seconds to play.

''TB came in and gave us great energy and we needed every ounce of energy he had tonight,'' Brooks said. ''We fought. We didn't have everything going for us offensively, but I thought in that fourth quarter we did a good job.''

TIP-INS

Magic: Vucevic recorded his 50th double-double before the end of the third quarter. . Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon each finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. . Gordon played despite bruised ribs sustained in Sunday's loss at Memphis.

Wizards: Committed only one first-half turnover. . Beal hit a pull-up jumper at the third-quarter buzzer to give Washington a 76-74 lead. ... Bryant posted his ninth double-double. . F Sam Dekker sat out with lower back soreness.

VERDICT ON THE BENCH

The Wizards won largely on the strength of their reserves, who outscored the Magic's second unit 59-20.

''Look at that box score,'' Orlando coach Steve Clifford said. ''It's more than effort. I mean, they crushed us. We were like minus-25. You're not going to win any game if you get outscored like that from your bench. You've got no shot.''

Washington needed it, because Beal was its only starter to score in double figures.

UP NEXT

Magic: Begin their homestand Thursday against Cleveland.

Wizards: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

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Key Players
N. Vucevic
9 C
B. Beal
3 SG
37.6 Min. Per Game 37.6
25.8 Pts. Per Game 25.8
5.6 Ast. Per Game 5.6
5.3 Reb. Per Game 5.3
52.1 Field Goal % 47.4
52.1 Three Point % 47.4
77.3 Free Throw % 82.1
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:09
  Defensive rebound by Tomas Satoransky 0:32
  Aaron Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:35
+ 2 Thomas Bryant made dunk, assist by Tomas Satoransky 0:52
  Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker 1:09
  Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:12
  Defensive rebound by Tomas Satoransky 1:36
  D.J. Augustin missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:39
+ 2 Jabari Parker made jump shot 2:09
  Defensive rebound by Jabari Parker 2:17
  Terrence Ross missed running Jump Shot 2:19
Team Stats
Points 90 100
Field Goals 35-90 (38.9%) 42-90 (46.7%)
3-Pointers 12-33 (36.4%) 8-27 (29.6%)
Free Throws 8-9 (88.9%) 8-12 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 53 55
Offensive 13 10
Defensive 36 36
Team 4 9
Assists 26 20
Steals 3 5
Blocks 3 2
Turnovers 11 8
Fouls 15 13
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 14 REB, 2 AST
23 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Magic 31-38 2825211690
home team logo Wizards 29-39 29321524100
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 31-38 106.1 PPG 45.3 RPG 25.1 APG
home team logo Wizards 29-39 114.3 PPG 41.8 RPG 26.5 APG
Key Players
N. Vucevic C 20.7 PPG 12.1 RPG 3.9 APG 52.0 FG%
B. Beal SG 26.0 PPG 5.2 RPG 5.6 APG 47.6 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Vucevic C 20 PTS 14 REB 2 AST
B. Beal SG 23 PTS 6 REB 7 AST
38.9 FG% 46.7
36.4 3PT FG% 29.6
88.9 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 20 14 2 9/17 0/0 2/2 3 34 1 1 3 3 11 +5 37
D. Augustin 16 1 7 6/15 4/9 0/0 1 33 0 0 0 1 0 0 31
A. Gordon 13 9 4 4/13 3/6 2/2 1 33 1 1 2 2 7 -13 30
J. Isaac 13 9 2 5/12 3/7 0/0 3 27 0 0 2 4 5 +5 24
E. Fournier 8 4 4 3/9 2/5 0/0 3 31 0 0 1 0 4 +3 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 20 14 2 9/17 0/0 2/2 3 34 1 1 3 3 11 +5 37
D. Augustin 16 1 7 6/15 4/9 0/0 1 33 0 0 0 1 0 0 31
A. Gordon 13 9 4 4/13 3/6 2/2 1 33 1 1 2 2 7 -13 30
J. Isaac 13 9 2 5/12 3/7 0/0 3 27 0 0 2 4 5 +5 24
E. Fournier 8 4 4 3/9 2/5 0/0 3 31 0 0 1 0 4 +3 19
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Ross 7 3 1 3/13 0/6 1/1 1 29 0 1 1 0 3 -17 12
K. Birch 7 7 1 2/7 0/0 3/4 0 13 0 0 0 3 4 -15 16
J. Grant 4 0 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 14 0 0 1 0 0 -10 5
W. Iwundu 2 2 4 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 21 1 0 1 0 2 -8 12
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Caupain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Briscoe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bamba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 49 26 35/90 12/33 8/9 15 235 3 3 11 13 36 -50 186
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 23 6 7 10/22 2/6 1/2 0 39 2 0 1 1 5 -2 44
J. Green 8 1 0 1/5 1/3 5/6 1 27 1 0 0 0 1 -8 10
B. Portis 6 6 1 3/11 0/3 0/0 2 22 0 0 1 2 4 -8 13
T. Satoransky 2 6 7 1/8 0/2 0/0 0 37 0 0 1 0 6 -2 21
T. Ariza 2 3 0 1/6 0/2 0/0 3 22 0 0 1 0 3 -1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 23 6 7 10/22 2/6 1/2 0 39 2 0 1 1 5 -2 44
J. Green 8 1 0 1/5 1/3 5/6 1 27 1 0 0 0 1 -8 10
B. Portis 6 6 1 3/11 0/3 0/0 2 22 0 0 1 2 4 -8 13
T. Satoransky 2 6 7 1/8 0/2 0/0 0 37 0 0 1 0 6 -2 21
T. Ariza 2 3 0 1/6 0/2 0/0 3 22 0 0 1 0 3 -1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Bryant 21 10 1 9/12 1/2 2/2 1 25 0 2 1 4 6 +18 34
J. Parker 19 9 1 9/12 1/2 0/2 4 27 1 0 3 1 8 +21 28
C. Randle 13 2 0 5/7 3/5 0/0 2 21 0 0 0 1 1 +23 15
T. Brown Jr. 6 3 3 3/7 0/2 0/0 0 16 1 0 0 1 2 +9 16
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dekker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McRae - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 100 46 20 42/90 8/27 8/12 13 236 5 2 8 10 36 +50 185