Magic Offense Stagnates as Wizards Win with Dominant 4th Period
The Orlando Magic looked solid for three quarters against the Washington Wizards, and then the wheels came off the bus in the 4th period as Orlando fell 96-86. With the defeat, combined with the Charlotte Bobcats loss against the Boston Celtics, Orlando has sole control of the 3rd-worst record in the league. Meanwhile, the Wizards now leapfrog Charlotte back into the 6th seed in the East.
The Magic were outscored 29-16 in the four period. Washington notched 20 points in the paint just in that 4th quarter. Nene paced the Wizards in scoring with 17 points off the bench. Bradley Beal tallied 16 points. Arron Afflalo led all scorers with 19 points. Jameer Nelson finished with 12 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds as his quest for his first career triple-double fell short.
- The Magic entered Friday trying to avoid a 4-game season sweep by Washington. No Nik Vucevic meant the starting duo of Dewayne Dedmon and Kyle O’Quinn were seeking a 3rd straight win.
- So much for Washington having a rebounding advantage early on. All credit to Dedmon and O’Quinn as Orlando held a 19-9 first quarter rebound advantage.
- O’Quinn had 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the opening session while Jameer Nelson was on the prowl for his first career triple-double with 3 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Magic led 29-17 after one period. Wizards shot an awful 25.0 FG%. O’Quinn would finish with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
- Washington would close the gap with a 12-0 second quarter run. Washington tied the game at the 5:18 mark and then took a 38-36 lead thanks to a barrage of Wizards free throws. Orlando had a halftime free throw attempt advantage of 20-6.
- Orlando re-focused and led 51-45 at halftime. Arron Afflalo had 14 points at the break, as Jameer tallied 9 assists. Dedmon already had 9 rebounds on his way to a career-best 10 boards.
- Jameer Nelson reached his double digit points and assists quotient for his 6th double-double of the season in a tightly contested 3rd period.
- Orlando led 70-67 entering the 4th period as Washington was still only shooting 36.9 FG%.
- Random stat: Andre Miller fouled out in 10 minutes of action.
- Doron Lamb finished with 11 points as he now has 7 career games with ten or more points scored.
- The 4th quarter was a disaster as Orlando collapsed (tank supporters rejoice) thanks to a stagnant offense. Despite the early rebounding gap, the Wizards ended up storming back and taking the boards battle 44-42. Washington prevailed despite only converting on 2-of-19 from 3-point range.
The 23-56 Orlando Magic are now 19-21 at Amway Center and travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets on Sunday.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.