ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -Caron Butler made a 19-foot jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining, capping the Washington Wizards' comeback from a 21-point deficit in a 92-91 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
Washington went down by 21 in the first quarter, went ahead by nine in the fourth, lost the lead again and then came back to cap a wild, wacky win. The last-place team in the Southeast Division improved to 2-0 against the Magic this season.
Butler's jumper from the corner swished over a charging Matt Barnes and he held his hand in the air right in front of the Magic's bench as Orlando snapped its four-game winning streak.
Rashard Lewis had made a go-ahead 3-pointer seconds earlier. Lewis' last-chance shot at the buzzer missed, although the Wizards had to wait to celebrate after a lengthy review to see if the clock started too soon.
Butler finished with 31 points and nine rebounds, and Randy Foye had 22 points and seven assists for the Wizards. The two shredded the Magic's defense in the second half, slicing through the paint at will as they combined for 49 points after halftime. The pair's aggressive play came at all angles.
Just in the third period, they combined to score 34 points while going 14 for 14 on free throws and throwing in some sizzling shots from outside. The biggest might have been saved for last, with Butler's 3-pointer at the buzzer giving the Wizards a 74-67 lead and adding to Orlando's frustration.
However, the momentum then shifted again.
After Washington went ahead by nine on Butler's jumper to start the fourth, the Magic answered with 11 straight points to go back ahead. The run was highlighted by a four-point play, with Jameer Nelson making a 3-pointer and getting fouled by Earl Boykins at the top of the key.
The teams then matched shot for shot to the finish.
Lewis took a near full-court pass from Nelson to give the Magic an 86-85 lead. Butler answered with a jumper, then Lewis came back with another shot before Butler's thunderous dunk down the lane put Washington back in front with 1:07 remaining. Butler put it away for good with the jumper from the corner on the next possession.
The Magic sprinted out to a 12-0 lead not even 3 minutes into the game. And Washington practically spotted them the points.
The Wizards didn't have a shot attempt until they were already down 10 points, amassing six turnovers during that span. Coach Flip Saunders received a technical foul for arguing with officials.
Foye had one pass end up in the front row. Brendan Haywood was called for traveling. Players passed the ball around so much on one possession, Washington was called for a shot-clock violation, unaware time was ticking away.
By the end of the first quarter, the Wizards had made just five field goals, totaled nine turnovers and trailed by 21 points before ending the quarter down a whopping 32-13.
NOTES: Howard picked up his 11th technical foul of the season early in the third quarter for arguing with officials. ... Magic SG J.J. Redick didn't make the roster for the NBA All-Star weekend's 3-point contest. And maybe that's a good thing for the rest of the field. ``I've never lost a 3-point contest,' he said. ... Butler (bruised left knee) returned after missing Wednesday's game against New York. Butler was hurt Monday against Boston in the same collision that injured Celtics All-Star Paul Pierce.
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