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Wizards End Their Skid

  • Washington Wizards Kevin Seraphin (13) blocks Orlando Magic power forward Gustavo Ayon (19) from scoring during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Washington Wizards Kevin Seraphin (13) blocks Orlando Magic power forward Gustavo Ayon (19) from scoring during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Washington Wizards Kevin Seraphin (13) blocks Orlando Magic power forward Gustavo Ayon (19) from scoring during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Washington Wizards Kevin Seraphin (13) blocks Orlando Magic power forward Gustavo Ayon (19) from scoring during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Washington Wizards center Nene (42), of Brazil, guards Orlando Magic power forward Kyle O'Quinn (2) who dunks and scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Washington Wizards center Nene (42), of Brazil, guards Orlando Magic power forward Kyle O'Quinn (2) who dunks and scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Washington Wizards center Nene (42), of Brazil, guards Orlando Magic power forward Kyle O'Quinn (2) who dunks and scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Washington Wizards center Nene (42), of Brazil, guards Orlando Magic power forward Kyle O'Quinn (2) who dunks and scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson (14) reacts after scoring against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson (14) reacts after scoring against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson (14) reacts after scoring against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson (14) reacts after scoring against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Washington Wizards Kevin Seraphin (13) blocks Orlando Magic power forward Gustavo Ayon (19) from scoring during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Washington Wizards Kevin Seraphin (13) blocks Orlando Magic power forward Gustavo Ayon (19) from scoring during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Washington Wizards center Nene (42), of Brazil, guards Orlando Magic power forward Kyle O'Quinn (2) who dunks and scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Washington Wizards center Nene (42), of Brazil, guards Orlando Magic power forward Kyle O'Quinn (2) who dunks and scores during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson (14) reacts after scoring against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson (14) reacts after scoring against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Washington — Jordan Crawford scored 27 points and the worst-in-the-NBA Washington Wizards showed they can still win a game every once in a while, breaking an eight-game losing streak last night with a 105-97 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Nene added season highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds and shot fourth-quarter free throws while hearing chants of “R-G-3!” — the new equivalent of “M-V-P!” in a city where Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the new superstar — as Washington won by its largest margin of the season.

The game represented one-quarter of the win total for the 4-23 Wizards, who have been stymied in part by the knee injury that has kept franchise player John Wall on the sidelines. Crawford’s point total tied the high for any Washington player this season.

Pacers 97, Suns 91

Indianapolis — George Hill scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and led Indiana over Phoenix.

Paul George had 15 points, and David West added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who have won four straight and seven of eight.

Sebastian Telfair had 19 points and six assists, and Marcin Gortat had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost four in a row.

West, who scored eight points in the fourth quarter, netted the go-ahead jumper to give the Pacers an 87-85 lead with 3:17 left to play after the Suns rallied from a 16-point deficit.

The Pacers led 85-83 before Telfair scored to tie it.

Pistons 109, Heat 99

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists, leading another spirited performance by the Detroit bench, and the Pistons beat short-handed Miami despite 35 points by LeBron James.

Miami was without Dwyane Wade, suspended for a game by the NBA for flailing his leg and making contact with a Charlotte player Wednesday.

The Detroit reserves, who scored 85 points in a loss to Atlanta on Wednesday, contributed 64 last night. Charlie Villanueva had 18 and Austin Daye added 11, helping the Pistons snap Miami’s six-game winning streak.

Chris Bosh had 28 points for Miami.

Nets 97, Bobcats 81

New York — The Nets gave P.J. Carlesimo a victory in his debut and Charlotte a 17th straight loss, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez in a rout.

A day after firing Avery Johnson, the Nets played as they did last month, when they were 11-4 and Johnson was Eastern Conference coach of the month. They are just 4-10 in December, a slump that cost Johnson his job, but got back over .500 with ease.

Deron Williams added 17 of his 19 points in the first half and Joe Johnson had 16 for the Nets, who led by 29 points and won for just the second time in seven games.

Hakim Warrick scored 13 points and Ramon Sessions had 12 for the Bobcats (7-22), who shot 38 percent and haven’t won since tying last season’s total with their seventh victory.

Hawks 102, Cavaliers 94

Cleveland — Jeff Teague scored a career-high 27 points and Atlanta scored the game’s final nine points to beat Cleveland.

Teague’s jumper from the foul line gave the Hawks a 95-94 lead with 2:32 remaining to spark the late run and send Atlanta to its third straight win.

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 28 points, but the Cavaliers failed to score in the final 2:53 after taking a 94-93 lead.

Lou Williams scored 16 points for Atlanta, which is 8-4 on the road. Al Horford added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Dion Waiters scored 18 points for Cleveland, which had its season-high two-game winning streak end.