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Nikola Vucevic helps Magic beat Wizards 117-108

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) D.J. Augustin was the Orlando Magic's closer in a 117-108 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Augustin came up with six points, two assists and a steal Friday night after Washington had cut a 25-point deficit to one at 106-105 with 2:30 remaining.

''We lost the game the other night because we didn't finish the game,'' Augustin said. ''We know we can't let up and have to keep fighting to the end. It's the NBA. Teams can come back because there are great players on the floor.''

Aaron Gordon added 20 points for Orlando, which shot 51 percent in beating Washington for only the fourth time in their last 21 meetings. Evan Fournier and rookie Mo Bamba had 15 points each, and Augustin finished with 11.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 27 points, and John Wall had 19 points and 12 assists. Washington fell to 2-9, but not until falling just short on a furious comeback after trailing 85-60 late in the third quarter. The Wizards played the entire fourth quarter with three guards and forwards Jeff Green and Kelly Oubre Jr.

''No lead in this league is safe,'' Magic coach Steve Clifford said. ''They had a lot of firepower on the floor. Wall got going, they downsized and spread us out and that's their best defensive team.''

''I don't know if going small was the difference or just giving the appropriate effort and giving yourself a chance,'' said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. ''With great effort, you give yourself a chance. You give yourself a chance to make them miss, you give yourself a chance for things going your way.''

After Washington pulled within one, Augustin hit a 3-pointer and assisted Terrence Ross' layup. Then, after Augustin's backcourt steal, Fournier hit another 3-pointer for a 114-105 lead.

After making eight of their first 11 shots and taking a nine-point lead, the Wizards were outscored 45-18 over the next 13 1/2 minutes.

''We retaliated but it was a little too late,'' Beal said.

''It took a lot of energy to get back in the game, but if we put ourselves in that kind of hole we've got to fight ourselves out,'' said Green. ''I think we've got to stay away from all the negative activity that's going around and continue to focus on the things we can control, and that's energy and effort.''

SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE

The game matched the NBA's lowest-scoring team (Magic, 101.3 points per game) against a Wizards team giving up the most point (120.5 per game). ''Obviously we haven't played the defense that we have to play,'' said Brooks.

LEWIS RETURNS

Rashard Lewis, who played with Howard on the Magic team that made it to the NBA Finals in 2009, was honored as part of the franchise's 30th anniversary celebration. Lewis, who last played in the NBA in 2014, lives in Houston and plays in Big3, which he described as ''perfect for guys who don't want to be thrown into retirement.''

TIP-INS

Wizards: Beal exceeded 20 points for the seventh time this season. . . . The Wizards have lost six straight road games.

Magic: F Jonathan Isaac missed his fourth game with an ankle injury. . . . Of the 24 players who played in the Magic-Wizards regular-season finale six months ago, only nine played Friday night.

UP NEXT

Wizards: At Miami on Saturday night.

Magic: At New York on Sunday night.

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Key Players
J. Wall
2 PG
N. Vucevic
9 C
29.7 Min. Per Game 29.7
17.5 Pts. Per Game 17.5
3.7 Ast. Per Game 3.7
10.4 Reb. Per Game 10.4
45.7 Field Goal % 54.2
45.3 Three Point % 53.2
70.6 Free Throw % 75.9
  Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic 0:13
  John Wall missed driving layup 0:15
+ 1 D.J. Augustin made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:24
+ 1 D.J. Augustin made 1st of 2 free throws 0:24
  Personal foul on Austin Rivers 0:24
  Defensive rebound by Terrence Ross 0:26
  Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:30
  D.J. Augustin missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:36
  Team rebound 0:36
  Personal foul on Austin Rivers 0:36
+ 3 Bradley Beal made 3-pt. jump shot 0:39
Team Stats
Points 108 117
Field Goals 42-82 (51.2%) 44-86 (51.2%)
3-Pointers 11-27 (40.7%) 13-31 (41.9%)
Free Throws 13-19 (68.4%) 16-19 (84.2%)
Total Rebounds 43 48
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 29 31
Team 8 7
Assists 24 26
Steals 8 8
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 18 15
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 7 REB, 12 AST
21 PTS, 14 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Wizards 2-9 25232634108
home team logo Magic 5-7 32312628117
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 2-9 111.8 PPG 41.2 RPG 22.8 APG
home team logo Magic 5-7 106.6 PPG 43 RPG 26.1 APG
Key Players
B. Beal SG 21.8 PPG 4.5 RPG 3.7 APG 45.5 FG%
N. Vucevic C 20.0 PPG 11.2 RPG 3.6 APG 55.4 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Beal SG 27 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
N. Vucevic C 21 PTS 14 REB 3 AST
51.2 FG% 51.2
40.7 3PT FG% 41.9
68.4 FT% 84.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 41 27 4 6 2 1 3 4 10/21 4/9 3/4 1 3 43 -2
J. Wall 42 19 7 12 2 1 3 2 9/21 0/3 1/2 0 7 50 +3
D. Howard 26 12 8 0 0 0 4 2 6/8 0/0 0/2 2 6 16 -14
O. Porter Jr. 23 8 3 1 2 0 1 1 3/7 2/4 0/0 0 3 14 -9
M. Morris 26 7 5 3 0 0 3 3 3/8 1/2 0/0 1 4 15 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 41 27 4 6 2 1 3 4 10/21 4/9 3/4 1 3 43 -2
J. Wall 42 19 7 12 2 1 3 2 9/21 0/3 1/2 0 7 50 +3
D. Howard 26 12 8 0 0 0 4 2 6/8 0/0 0/2 2 6 16 -14
O. Porter Jr. 23 8 3 1 2 0 1 1 3/7 2/4 0/0 0 3 14 -9
M. Morris 26 7 5 3 0 0 3 3 3/8 1/2 0/0 1 4 15 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Oubre Jr. 25 19 4 0 2 0 0 2 6/10 2/5 5/6 1 3 25 -9
J. Green 24 14 3 0 0 1 0 0 4/5 2/3 4/4 1 2 18 0
A. Rivers 23 2 1 1 0 0 3 4 1/1 0/0 0/1 0 1 2 +3
T. Satoransky 7 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 -10
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McRae - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Randle - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Brown Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 108 35 24 8 3 18 18 42/82 11/27 13/19 6 29 184 -45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Vucevic 30 21 14 3 1 2 2 2 10/16 1/2 0/0 4 10 42 +12
A. Gordon 42 20 7 4 0 0 0 0 6/14 3/4 5/6 2 5 35 -3
E. Fournier 36 15 4 6 2 1 3 2 6/17 3/10 0/0 0 4 31 -1
D. Augustin 25 11 2 4 1 0 2 0 2/5 2/5 5/6 0 2 20 +4
W. Iwundu 14 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 1/3 0/1 2/2 1 0 6 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Vucevic 30 21 14 3 1 2 2 2 10/16 1/2 0/0 4 10 42 +12
A. Gordon 42 20 7 4 0 0 0 0 6/14 3/4 5/6 2 5 35 -3
E. Fournier 36 15 4 6 2 1 3 2 6/17 3/10 0/0 0 4 31 -1
D. Augustin 25 11 2 4 1 0 2 0 2/5 2/5 5/6 0 2 20 +4
W. Iwundu 14 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 1/3 0/1 2/2 1 0 6 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Bamba 17 15 2 3 0 2 1 5 7/8 1/1 0/0 2 0 24 -3
J. Grant 22 13 3 2 1 1 1 2 5/5 2/2 1/1 1 2 21 +5
T. Ross 29 12 7 3 2 0 4 2 5/11 1/5 1/2 0 7 23 +6
J. Simmons 14 6 1 0 1 0 0 2 2/6 0/1 2/2 0 1 8 +10
J. Martin 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 +12
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Caupain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Briscoe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Isaac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 117 41 26 8 6 15 18 44/86 13/31 16/19 10 31 209 +45