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Magic Wallop Winless Wizards

2012 January 4
by Brian Serra

Dwight Howard toyed with the Washington Wizards big men and dunked at will as the Orlando Magic easily handled the Washington Wizards by a score of 103-85. Everything that went wrong for Orlando in Detroit on Monday went right for Orlando Wednesday night.

It also helped that Washington seemed disinterested in playing any semblance of respectable defense.

Dwight Howard finished the game with 28 points (10-10 at the rim!) and 20 rebounds to lead the Magic while Ryan Anderson continued his outstanding play with 23 points and 15 rebounds. The Magic started the game on a 15-4 run and would never trail by less than 16 after halftime.

As much as Jameer Nelson deserves credit for pushing himself and the offense at a more aggressive pace, it’s hard to discount just how bad the Wizards looked tonight. The real test will be on Friday night when the Bulls come to town.

News and notes from tonights game:

  • For Dwight Howard it was his 3rd 20-20 of the young season and his 34th career 20-20 game.
  • The only negative from tonight is Dwight’s continued struggles at the free throw line. He went 6-14 tonight and is shooting only 41.5% (22-53) so far this season.
  • J.J. Redick once again led the team off the bench with14 points. Only three of his points came from long range as he continues to show his value is more in his ability to create shots for himself and others rather than being just a typical 3-point specialist.
  • After playing Redick and Jason Richardson for 12 minute spans against Detroit, Stan Van Gundy returned to his typical rotations of the two around the 3-4 minute mark of the first quarter.
  • Stan Van Gundy also may be the anti-Greg Popovich when it comes to resting his starters. Dwight Howard was in the game late in the 4th quarter and he didn’t clear the bench until about 4 minutes left in the game despite the giant lead all night. Everyone that was suited up tonight was able to get into the game.
  • Second-year star John Wall is shooting .317 for the season from the floor after tonight’s 6-16 game. On a positive note for Washington, that would be an excellent batting average for the Nationals.

The Magic are back at it Friday night at home against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bills. Game time is set for 8pm and tickets are still available.

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