The Orlando Magic entered their game Friday night against the Washington Wizards hoping to do a better job of protecting leads.
In their prior two games, the Magic led the Milwaukee Bucks and the Denver Nuggets by double-digits early in the second quarter and wound up losing both games.
"I think overall you try not to think about, 'Are you winning?' [or] 'Are you losing?' " Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "You try to play that possession. I think the most important thing is then it becomes a habit of not looking at the scoreboard but just doing my responsibility on that play.
"Tough to do. Indeed it is. But that's where you want to get to because then, when you can do that, you can be down in a game and not panic. You can be up in a game and not relax."
The Wizards' roster includes four players who once played for the Magic: Trevor Ariza, Drew Gooden, Marcin Gortat and Al Harrington.
Harrington was a member of the Magic last season, but he was nowhere near the player he had been in his previous 14 seasons. In May 2012, when he was a member of the Denver Nuggets, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Shortly after the procedure, he developed a staph infection in the knee.
The infection, and the subsequent surgeries to treat it, ravaged Harrington's knee. The Magic acquired him in the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, and Harrington didn't play for Orlando until Feb. 26, 2013.
The Magic released him on Aug. 2.
On Friday, he stepped into Amway Center for the first time since last season.
His knee has troubled him for much of this season, but he recently has taken on a bigger role due to an injury to veteran power forward Nenê.
"Obviously, I'm in a totally different place than last year," Harrington said. "Even when I got back last year, I wasn't in shape. But this time around, I'm in shape. I'm probably about 80 percent [on my knee] — that's probably the best I'm going to be for the rest of this year. I'll do my rehab, my therapy and stuff like that, and just see where I am."
Harrington remains in touch with a few of his former Magic teammates, most notably Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson and Kyle O'Quinn.
Harrington, 34, originally set a goal of remaining in the NBA as a player for 20 seasons.
This is his 16th.
"I wanted to play 20 years," he said. "But I'm going to listen to my body this summer, though. So I'm from year-to-year now."
Wizards coach Randy Wittman also has Magic ties.
He served as an assistant coach under Brian Hill during the 2005-06 season.
As a part of their ongoing 25th-anniversary celebration, the Magic honored Wittman, Ariza, Gooden, Gortat and Harrington during a video tribute midway through first quarter.
• Atlanta Braves outfielders Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Justin Upton and Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez were scheduled to attend Friday's game.
• For the fourth consecutive game, Vaughn employed a starting lineup of Nelson, Afflalo, Maurice Harkless, O'Quinn and Nik Vucevic.
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