Magic (23-39) at Wizards (36-24)

The Washington Post Sunday - - PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL -

Out­look: The Wizards have one more home game be­fore leav­ing Ver­i­zon Cen­ter for 10 days. Strange but true: The Magic, next to last in the East­ern Con­fer­ence stand­ings, leads the reg­u­lar sea­son se­ries, 2-1. The rea­son: Those three matchups came in Novem­ber and early De­cem­ber when the Wizards were still find­ing them­selves. In their most re­cent meet­ing Dec. 6, the Magic em­bar­rassed Wash­ing­ton on its home floor with a 124-116 win de­spite John Wall’s ca­reer-high 52 points. The Wizards have since fixed their de­fense but re­gressed Fri­day night by al­low­ing 114 points in a loss to Toronto. To avoid an­other set­back against Or­lando, Wash­ing­ton has to re­gain its de­fen­sive char­ac­ter and ac­count for cen­ter Nikola Vuce­vic, who scored 25 points to go along with nine re­bounds and three blocks in Or­lando’s 110-99 vic­tory over the Mi­ami Heat on Fri­day night.

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