The Wizards hold off a pesky and improved Orlando squad to improve to 7-2 overall, their best start since the 1974-1975 season. Nene and Kris Humphries led the Wizards in scoring with 16 points as well as four other Wizards players scoring in double figures. All 5 magic starters scored in double figures which is a solid improvement for a team that started 0-4 but is now 4-7.
The Wizards started off very slow missing their first 5 shots of the game. They took the lead midway through the first quarter on a couple of John Wall jump shots. John Wall was very confident with his jumpshot tonight rising up and following through. Not all of them fell as he shot 6-17 from the floor but he looked much more confident than he usually does.
The game changed in the second quarter when the Wizards bench came in. Kris Humphries was extremely active and has firmly solidified himself as the first big man off the bench. He had a couple of nice hustle plays right around the hoop and is more than capable of knocking down the elbow jumpshot. Kevin Seraphin asserted himself as well. After 2 sloppy passes, he made up for it by knocking down his patented hook shot as well as a nice jump shot. It’s pretty safe to say that Kris and Kevin have solidified themselves as the back up big men coming off of the bench. Wiz shot 48% in the first half and won the battle of the boards 28-20.
The Magic’s long range shooting kept things interesting in the second half. Both Channing Frye (who has been a Wizard killer in the past) and Evan Fornier were hot from three point range. In addition, Tobias Harris started having his way with Paul Pierce. Yet again, here is another game where Paul has been unable to get going and shot a poor 2-7 from the field. In his defense he did get to the free throw line 6 times where he knocked down all 6 of his free throws.
The Wizards bench came in and picked up right where they left off stretching the lead to 12 points with 7:15 to go in the game. Several big buckets from Otto, 2 three balls from Rasuel Butler, and jump shots from Kris Humphries were the difference down the stretch as the Wizards maintained a comfortable lead. The Wizards improve to 7-2 on the season and now face a stiff test as a Dallas squad comes to town on Wednesday.