WASHINGTON (AP) — For most of the first half of the season, the Washington Wizards consistently lost. They're suddenly unbeatable, having won three straight.
Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 11 rebounds, leading six players in double figures as Washington cruised to its easiest win of the season, 120-91 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
"That was a beautiful thing tonight," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "This has been building."
The Wizards were just 4-28 before their streak, but beat Oklahoma City, Atlanta and now Orlando — all at home — to nearly double their wins total. Washington leaves Tuesday on a five-game, eight-day road trip while the nation's capital will be consumed by Inauguration ceremonies.
John Wall had 12 points and six assists in 20 minutes in his second game of the season after missing the Wizards' first 33 with a left knee injury.
With Wall back, things are moving a lot quicker on the court.
"It just came out of nowhere — how fast we're playing now. With John back, the speed is so much faster," Bradley Beal said.
Washington shot a season-best 56.1 percent, scored its most points and had its most assists. Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 11 rebounds, A.J. Price and Kevin Seraphin had 18, Beal scored 17, and Jan Vesely matched his season high with 10.
"These games have not been flukes, we've just been playing very well," Price said. "We lost so many close games that I think once we started losing so many in a row, it became a mental thing. When we got to the fourth quarter, it became a mental thing. We just couldn't execute."
For the time being, Wall's minutes are limited.
"He brings the added dimension that nobody has," Wittman said. "Guys have to run harder."
For the first part of the season, Wall had to watch, painfully.
"We just didn't have nobody to close the fourth quarters," Wall said.
Jameer Nelson had 19 points and 12 assists to lead Orlando, and Nikola Vucevic added 13 points and 13 rebounds. Arron Afflalo, who had 30 points against the Clippers, missed 10 of 11 from the field and finished with two points.
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