Carter sprains shoulder in Magic's third straight loss

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Orlando Magic guard Vince Carter sprained his left shoulder during the team's 104-97 defeat to the Washington Wizards on Friday.

Carter slammed into a Washington player on the perimeter and laid on the court writhing in pain before leaving the contest for good.

Acquired in an off-season trade, Carter has been struggling as of late along with the Magic. The eight-time All-Star entered the night having missed 37 of his last 47 shots.

He began the game averaging 17.7 points per game but was shooting just 39 percent from the field.

Carter has been listed as day-to-day for Orlando (24-12), who have lost three straight.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)