Needing an easy mark to bounce back from a disappointing loss earlier in the week, the Wizards had what appeared to be an easy mark with the Orlando Magic but it was anything but that. Nene came off the bench to score 17 points in his second game back from a left knee injury to spark his team, which trailed by 14 in the second quarter, to a 96-86 victory Friday night. Perhaps just as important, the Wizards (41-38) moved back into the No. 6 seed in the East with three games left after the Charlotte Bobcats (40-39) lost at the Boston Celtics 106-103 later Friday. The Bobcats won in Washington in overtime Wednesday to even their records and secure the first tie-breaker edge because of the better head-to-head record. The No. 7 seed will have to face the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers in the first round. Trevor Booker, still starting in Nene's place at power forward, had another strong outing with 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Nene made 7 of 11 shots. Bradley Beal had 16 points and three steals, Marcin Gortat 12 points and six rebounds and John Wall had 10 points, 12 assists and five rebounds. The win gave Washington its first season sweep of Orlando (23-56), winning all four meetings, since 1989-90 and ended a two-game losing streak.
Wizards regain No. 6 seed with win over Magic
CSN Washington | Apr 12