ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Wizards went cold in the fourth quarter of their regular-season finale Wednesday night, losing 101-92 to the Orlando Magic and finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff seeding.
The Wizards shot 5 for 25 in the fourth quarter, and 34 percent for the game.
Jodie Meeks came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points for Washington, which lost five of its final six regular-season games. A win would have pulled the Wizards up to seventh place and a first-round playoff series against Boston. Instead, they will play Toronto in the opening round.
Arron Afflalo hit five of six shots in the second quarter in leading Orlando to a 55-45 halftime lead.
Washington regained the lead in the lead early in the fourth quarter, but a 3-pointer by Purvis put Orlando ahead to stay at 84-81. After a layup by Bradley Beal pulled the Wizards to within two at 86-84 with 4:34 left, they went more than three minutes without scoring while Orlando pulled ahead by 10.
Magic forward Marreese Speights was ejected with 8:59 left in the third quarter after elbowing Marcin Gortat in the face while both were walking up the court. A double technical was called on the play.
Wizards: Beal started all 82 games. … G John Wall and F Otto Porter did not play.
Magic: The team record of 841 3-pointers in a season was broken. “We’re just catching up with the rest of the league,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. … Biyombo played in all 82 games and has missed only one game in the last three seasons.
Wizards: First round of the playoffs against Toronto.