Orlando Magic fall in overtime to Wall, Wizards
The Orlando Magic looked like they were going to escape with a home victory on multiple occasions before eventually falling in overtime to the Washington Wizards, 105-101. Orlando fell to 1-5 in overtime games this year.
Leading by five points with 48 seconds left, the Magic would carelessly allow John Wall to go on a 5-0 scoring run to the game with 10 seconds left in the game. With the final shot in regulation, Victor Oladipo took a terrible pull-up 3-point attempt – with the game tied no less – which missed badly and sent the game to overtime.
“We wanted to put the ball in Vic’s hands. Good defense by Ariza. Overall we would have liked a little more attack, a little more aggression.” – Jacque Vaughn on the final play of regulation.
In overtime, the bad luck continued. After a John Wall turnover, Jameer Nelson looked like he was coasting to a layup that would have put Orlando up three with one minute remaining. Instead, Bradley Beal chased down the play, blocked the shot and on the quick outlet Trevor Ariza drained a three. The five point swing only put the Wizards up by two, but the momentum shift essentially ended any hope for a win.
“Give them credit for both ways. Ariza made the sho. Staying in the play, great chase down by Beal
Tobias Harris led the Magic in scoring on the night with 21 points off the bench. Arron Afflalo had 18 points and Victor Oladipo had 15 points and six assists off the bench.
Orlando struggled to get to the free throw line all night, having just two free throw attempts through the first three quarters. Settling for jumpers and a lack of whistles in their favor, somehow the Magic held strong and kept themselves in the game. The Magic had their biggest lead of the night, nine, with 4:37 remaining in the 3rd quarter – and overcame an early 1st quarter deficit of 15.
All-Star John Wall led the Wizards with 21 points and 11 assists and former Magic forward Trevor Ariza also had 21. Former Gator one-and-done star Bradley Beal had 20 points before injuring his knee in overtime.
Nik Vucevic left the game at the beginning of the 3rd quarter after appearing to re-sprain his left ankle. It’s the same ankle that caused him to miss six games earlier in the season. After initially leaving the game and looking like he’d be done for the night, Vucevic returned with a minute left in the 3rd. Nik finished with eight points and 12 rebounds for the night.
mBo Crown Royal #ReignOn Selfish Tweet of the Night
Tomorrow is the 4-year anniversary of Magic Basketball Online. Thank you all very much for entertaining my opinions, as dumb as they are. <3
— mBo (@MagicBasketball) March 14, 2014
Orlando now falls to 19-48 on the season and is getting closer and closer to securing the 3rd place lottery odds as they set off for the road and a 4-game West Coast road trip. They play next in Oakland on Tuesday night against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.