The last-place and distracted Washington Wizards overcame a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit Friday night, beating the first-place Orlando Magic 104-97 in the team's first game at the Verizon Center since Gilbert Arenas' suspension.
The Wizards earned several rousing, standing ovations during the final period for their perseverance in what has been one of the most difficult weeks in franchise history.
Antawn Jamison, who took a microphone to address fans before the game, had 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wizards. Jamison called the whole situation "very embarrassing" and told the sellout crowd that "being a positive role mode is something we don't take lightly."
Dwight Howard had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the struggling Magic, who have lost four straight for the first time since February 2007. All four of the losses have come against sub-.500 teams. Orlando played most of the game without guard Vince Carter, who injured his left shoulder in a collision in the second quarter and did not return.
The Wizards trailed 81-71 with 10:39 remaining when Jamison and Mike Miller hit three-pointers to start a 23-5 run.