Wizards Wallop Orlando Magic
Not the best way to begin a 6-game road trip. Orlando fell in D.C. to the Washington Wizards 98-80. Arron Afflalo led the pinstriped patrol with 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Maurice Harkless had a bit of a confidence booster, pouring in 16 points off the bench. Rookie Victor Oladipo’s return home wasn’t exactly special. Just 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting and 6 rebounds. The 80 Magic points were a season-low since Opening Night at Indiana. Going 3-of-15 from 3-point range and only managing 14 assists will do that to you. Former Magic man Trevor Ariza punished his ex-employer with 24 points on 8-of-9 shooting and 4-of-4 from deep. John Wall showed his All-Star muscle with 16 points and 13 assists even on a subpar 5-of-14 shooting.
- With Jameer Nelson (sprained left foot) and Tobias Harris (sprained left ankle) both unavailable, Jacque looked to his Oladipo-E’Twaun-Afflalo-Big Baby-Vucevic starting lineup. Victor and Kyle O’Quinn are both D.C. area guys, which means they had to fork over some coin to buy tickets for family and friends.
- The Wizards went up 15-4 thanks to a D.C. 15-0 run as Orlando continues to struggle coming out of the gates. So of course, thanks to an 8-0 Orlando run, the score at the end of the first period was 22-22 as both sides shot under forty percent.
- Former Magic member and dunk god Trevor Ariza poured in 11 points in the opening quarter. Ariza had 19 points at halftime as he re-established my 2009 NBA Finals nightmares. Despite both sides shooting a hair under 41%, the Wizards held a 52-41 halftime advantage because of 4-of-6 3-point shooting. Orlando’s 11 turnovers helped the home side too. Thankfully for Coach Vaughn, Arron Afflalo had a very efficient 17 points and kept his team in the ball game.
- John Wall ended the 3rd period with 13 assists. Meanwhile, Gortat went without a field goal in the first half but drained 4 in the third quarter with Orlando behind 75-61 entering the final session of regulation. Wizards were 6-of-10 from 3-point range and Magic just 1-of-11. The main difference in the contest that made the fourth period almost irrelevant. The Gortat-Vucevic matchup ended up being an even contest. Warlock had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Nikola managed 10 points and 8 rebounds.
- Glen Davis and E’Twaun Moore were complete duds on the evening. Maybe both were haunted from suffering bad injuries against the Wizards last season. At one instance in the fourth period they were a combined 1-of-14 from the field.
- Orlando completes its back-to-back Tuesday in Philadelphia. It marks the Magic’s second game of its 6-game road trip.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.