Magic ride hot start to vic­tory

Fournier scores 31, Au­gustin adds 24 against Wizards.

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Roy Parry

WASH­ING­TON — The Or­lando Magic en­joyed their most pro­duc­tive first half of the sea­son on Tues­day night against the Wash­ing­ton Wizards.

A rough start to the third quar­ter al­most wiped out that of­fen­sive per­for­mance.

Al­most.

Evan Fournier fin­ished with 31 points — his sec­ond straight 30-point game — and D.J. Au­gustin had a sea­son-high 24 points as the Magic pulled away in the fourth quar­ter and posted a 127-120 vic­tory over the Wizards at Cap­i­tal One Arena.

Markelle Fultz fin­ished with a ca­reer high 20 points and six as­sists, while Aaron Gor­don had 18 points and Ter­rence Ross had 14 points for Or­lando, which set a sea­son high for points. Their pre­vi­ous high of 125 also came against the Wizards.

Fournier tied a sea­son high with six 3-point­ers, while Au­gustin made a sea­son high four as the Magic matched a sea­son high with 15.

The Magic (9-11) shot a sea­son best 51.1% from the field as they improved to 2-0 against the Wizards (6-13) this sea­son.

Wash­ing­ton had won at least three games against Or­lando in five of the past six se­ries be­tween the teams.

Bradley Beal scored 42 points to lead the Wizards, while Davis Ber­tans added 21 and Isa­iah Thomas had 20.

The game served as a home­com­ing for Fultz, who grew up in Bal­ti­more, played at nearby DeMatha Catholic High School and rooted for Wash­ing­ton as a kid.

He re­sponded with a solid of­fen­sive game, de­liv­er­ing a con­sis­tent mix of drives to the bas­ket and jump shot. as he recorded his ninth straight dou­ble-digit scor­ing ef­fort. His pre­vi­ous ca­reer high of 19 points came last month against the

Wizards.

It nearly came in a los­ing ef­fort. The Magic watched the Wizards — behind three 3-point­ers by Ber­tans — use a 17-5 run over 2:40 stretch of the third quar­ter to erase a 14-point half­time deficit and go up 77-74 on a 3-pointer by Beal.

The Magic weath­ered the burst and re­sponded with a 15-6 run dur­ing a 4:24 stretch and build­ing 89-81 lead on a 3-pointer by Jonathan Isaac.

Or­lando stretched the lead to 104-88 af­ter two Au­gustin free throws with 10:45 left to play.

Fournier scored 12 of his points in the sec­ond quar­ter as the Magic created some sep­a­ra­tion. His 3 from the corner capped a 10-2 run that pro­duced a 68-50 lead with 1:22 left in the half.

It was part of a first-half of­fen­sive out­burst by the Magic, who set a sea­son­high for first-half points (68), points in the sec­ond quar­ter (36), field goals (30), field goals in the first quar­ter (15), field goals in the sec­ond quar­ter (15) and first-half field-goal per­cent­age (58.8%).

NICK WASS/AP

Magic for­ward Aaron Gor­don dunks over Wizards guard Isaac Bonga for two of his 18 points Tues­day night in Wash­ing­ton.

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