By NOAH TRISTER – AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) – Kyle Kuzma had 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and the Washington Wizards scored the game’s first nine points in a 112-106 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Washington has won three in a row and the Wizards won for a second straight night without star goalie Bradley Beal, who was out due to health and safety protocols. This is Washington’s first three-game winning streak in five straight wins to cap a 10-3 start.
Kuzma wasn’t the only player to land an assist in a triple-double. Cole Anthony had 19 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Magic, who have lost 10 in a row.
One night after surviving Oklahoma City in a back-and-forth affair, the Wizards led end to end against last-place Orlando. Rookie Corey Kispert had a layup and a 3-point run in Washington’s first nine-point run.
The Wizards shot 68% from the field in the first quarter and were leading 33-16. Thomas Bryant pushed the lead to 20 with a 3 at the start of the second.
It was 52-43 at halftime, and Orlando slipped to six in the third quarter before a 12-2 run gave the Wizards a 68-52 lead.
The lead was only five in the fourth quarter before a dunk and layup from Montrezl Harrell made it 103-94.