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Wizards Magic Not Enough to Wizard Way Past Magic

2012 February 1
by Brian Serra

A win is a win is a win is a win. The Orlando Magic outlasted the Washington Wizards 109-103 Wednesday night to break their 4 game losing streak.

A 40 point 4th quarter and balanced scoring attack paced the Magic on the night and helped them survive a hot shooting Wizards team down the stretch. Every time the Magic seemed to be putting the game away late, the Wizards would drain an unlikely 3-pointer to keep it close. Washington shot 6-8 from 3-point distance in the 4th quarter after coming into the game shooting only 28% for the season.

The balanced scoring attack for the Magic saw 5 players in double figures including 23 from Ryan Anderson and 21 each from Dwight Howard and J.J. Redick. The Magic are 9-0 on the season when 5 players score in double figures.

Outside of the big 4th quarter scoring barrage from both teams, it was a rather pedestrian ho-hum game (does anyone say ho-hum in 2012?).  Bottom line, if you missed it… you didn’t miss much.

More news and notes from tonight:

  • Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson both sat out tonight’s game. Jameer, who is still recovering from a concussion is not likely to return before Monday night’s game against the Clippers.
  • The Wizards took a note from recent Magic games and effectively pressed the Orlando backcourt all night. This is a major concern for the Magic and one that has to be figured out soon if the team wants to improve on their offensive struggles. The inability to get the ball up the court means that the Magic can’t get into an offensive set until 10-12 seconds have run off the shot clock. No time on the clock means the team can’t run plays which means the team cant get shots which means Big Baby/Hedo fadeaways as the shot clock expires.
  • The Wizards star player John Wall struggled tonight. Well, that was nice of me… John Wall was terrible. Wall shot 1-12 from the field and scored only 2 points. For a player that is as fast as he is and gets to the rim as much as he does, it’s amazing that he attempted ZERO free throw attempts.
  • Dwight Howard spoke after the game and praised the team play and dropped the line “”We can’t allow anything to separate us.” Strong words from a guy that wants to separate himself!

The Magic finally get a practice together tomorrow, but will have only one healthy PG to run the show. The next game comes Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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– The Wizards have taken 51 shots from the field and have attempted 0 free throws in the first half.

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