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The attention paid to John Wall and Bradley Beal all night made it rather easy for Otto Porter to get off a career-high eight three-point shots. The Orlando Magic were daring someone else to beat them. 

It was Porter, who knocked down two big deep balls in Friday's 94-91 win over the Orlando Magic, to give them that third scorer with Beal under wraps. None was bigger than the two he buried in the fourth quarter to twice cut the deficit for the Wizards (5-9) to one at 80-79 and 83-82 and prevent Orlando from pulling away at Amway  Center. 

Wall did the rest in closing out the game with game-highs of 25 points and 10 assists to go with seven rebounds. He scored their last seven points.

"Throughout the whole game I had guys 6-8, 6-9 on me. I'm every bit of 6-4 on a good day," said Beal, who only had 14 points on 15 shots coming off a career-high 42 vs. the Phoenix Suns. "That's a great sign. If they're going to do that then we have advantages in other places. I feel like those are some of their best defenders trying to take me out of the game, John had a great game, March had a good game, Otto stepped up big too. I love it like that whenever I can get guys involved. My biggest thing is making sure (Evan) Fournier didn't score. That was most important to me."

 

Fournier shot just 2-for-9. While he defended Beal, so did Jeff Green with Nikola Vucevic loading up on him in support. Aaron Gordon logged time on Beal, too, surprisingly playing shooting guard. 

The changing looks created an open for Porter to not just score but create. Green went back to Porter, who ran the screen-roll action Gortat and found his big with a pinpoint pocket pass for a layup at 2:31 to put the Wizards ahead 86-83. It was all the cushion they needed. 

"They put a bunch of athletes on the floor," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "We were able to sustain their run and make big shots when necessary."

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