Howard, Magic run past winless Wizards, 103-85
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Dwight Howard had 28 points and 20 rebounds, Ryan Anderson added 23 points and 15 rebounds and the Orlando Magic ran past the winless Washington Wizards 103-85 on Wednesday night.
The Magic won for the fifth time in six games and had four players in double figures. Orlando has won seven straight against Washington and 15 of the last 18 meetings.
The Wizards got 17 points from Nick Young, but shot poorly all night and trailed by as many as 28 in falling to 0-6 for the first time in franchise history. They remain the NBA's only winless team.
The Magic had a four-game winning streak snapped Monday at Detroit in a lethargic effort that coach Stan Van Gundy said was virtually void of any energy from a team playing its sixth game in nine days.
Orlando was off Tuesday and appeared to have its pep back against the Wizards, sprinting out to as much as a 22-point lead in the opening 24 minutes and taking an 18-point cushion into halftime.
Howard led all scorers with 17 points in the first half - coming mostly on layups or dunks - as the beneficiary of several assists from Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson, who had five apiece.
The Wizards struggled to get shots to fall from the outset, settling for jumpers and missing their first 12 field goal attempts. They also gave up 31 points in the first quarter, the third time this season they allowed an opponent to score at least 30 in a period.
Meanwhile, Washington shot a paltry 21 percent (6 for 28) in a 14-point first quarter.
The Magic made 61 percent (11 for 18) of their shots in the first quarter. Howard was 4 for 4.