WASHINGTON For most of the first half of the season, the Washington Wizards consistently lost. They're suddenly unbeatable, having won three in a row.
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 over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
"That was a beautiful thing," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "This has been building."
The Wizards were 4-28 before beating Oklahoma City, Atlanta and now Orlando all in Washington to nearly double their victory total. Washington leaves today on a five-game, eight-day trip while the nation's capital is consumed by Inauguration Day ceremonies. The trip begins Wednesday against the Kings at Sleep Train Arena.
John Wall had 12 points and six assists in 20 minutes in his second game of the season after missing the Wizards' first 33 because of a left knee injury.
Things are moving much quicker on the court with Wall back.
"It just came out of nowhere, how fast we're playing now. With John back, the speed is so much faster," said Bradley Beal, who scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
Washington shot a season-best 56.1 percent and set season highs in points and assists (32).
"These games have not been flukes. We've just been playing very well," said A.J. Price, who scored 18 points. "We lost so many close games that I think once we started losing so many in a row, it became a mental thing."
For the first part of the season, Wall had to watch, painfully. And for the time being, his minutes are limited.
"We just didn't have nobody to close the fourth quarters," Wall said.
Orlando's Arron Afflalo, who scored 30 points in a win over the Clippers on Saturday, missed 10 of 11 from the field and scored two points Monday.
"We got completely outplayed tonight in every aspect of the game. Just didn't have it," the Magic's J.J. Redick said.