Wizards’ mag­i­cal run con­tin­ues

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IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS >> If the Wizards come back from the Al­lS­tar break without miss­ing a beat, the na­tion’s eyes will soon be glued to Washington, D.C. Some­thing spe­cial is hap­pen­ing in our na­tion’s cap­i­tal — the Wizards are just five games be­hind the de­fend­ing cham­pion, first­place Cleveland Cava­liers, and they are play­ing some of the best basketball in the NBA over the past six weeks. “I’ve never been this close to win­ning this many games in my ca­reer,” guard John Wall said. “Even after a bad start (to the sea­son) — we had an op­por­tu­nity and had a lot of home games and took ad­van­tage of that. We’re a team that’s play­ing with a lot of con­fi­dence and play­ing (well) on both ends of the floor.”

Wall scored 20 points and added 12 as­sists, Otto Porter Jr. made six 3-point­ers, fin­ished with 25 points and eight re­bounds, and the Wizards won their fourth straight, 111-98 over the In­di­ana Pac­ers on Thurs­day. Washington (34-21) is 18-5 since the be­gin­ning of Jan­uary. On Thurs­day, the Wizards scored 100 points for the 22nd con­sec­u­tive game. Marki­eff Mor­ris scored 21 points and Bradley Beal 19, as each of the Wizards’ starters fin­ished in dou­ble dig­its in scor­ing. Washington’s starters outscored In­di­ana’s 97-59. Myles Turner fin­ished with 17 points and nine re­bounds for In­di­ana.

Cal State Fuller­ton 56, UC Riverside 55

RIVERSIDE, CALIF. >> Kyle All­man scored 11 points and made a layup with 13.1 sec­onds re­main­ing to lift the Ti­tans (12-12, 6-5) over the High­landers (7-16, 5-7).

After Riverside took a 55-54 lead, Lion­heart Les­lie had his shot blocked with 25 sec­onds left, but Les­lie re­cov­ered and All­man made the game-win­ner.

Long Beach State 78, UC Davis 69

LONG BEACH, CALIF. >> Temi­dayo Yus­suf and Evan Payne each scored 18 points, and Payne’s bas­ket at the end of reg­u­la­tion gave Long Beach State mo­men­tum into over­time as the 49ers (12-16, 7-5) beat the Ag­gies (16-10, 8-3).

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