NBA: Washington 105, Orlando 97

Dec. 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Jordan Crawford equaled his season's best with 27 points Friday and carried Washington to a rare win with a 105-97 decision over Orlando.

Crawford was exiled to the bench for the second straight game after having missed his team's shoot around Wednesday prior to a meeting with Cleveland.

He came off the bench Friday to make 11-of-16 shots from the field and rally the Wizards from an early deficit to their league-low fourth victory of the year.

Washington broke an eight-game losing streak, which had been its second-longest of the season. The Wizards dropped their first 12 contests of the season and then won three out of six before starting another string of losses.

Orlando, which has dropped four in a row, was within three points early in the fourth period before Washington went on an 8-0 run to seize control. The Wizards reached 100 points for the first time in 12 games.

Nene added 21 points for Washington and Kevin Seraphin had 19. Arron Afflalo paced the Magic with 26 points while J.J. Redick scored 23.

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