Recap: Wizards at Magic

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack
AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

This game all but looked like it was going to overtime. With .8 seconds on the clock, the Wizards had a chance at a last second heave to win it. Andre Miller lobbed the ball over 7 footer Dewayne Dedmon, Paul Pierce set a back screen for Bradley Beal who laid the ball in over Victor Oladipo to win the game. Game Over. Wizards win 91-89.

John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 21 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds stretching his consecutive streak of double-doubles to 6. Kris Humphries had 11 points and Nene chipped in with 12 points off the bench on a very effective 6-8 shooting.

The Magic were shorthanded in this one, missing double-double machine Nikola Vucevic due to injury. Even without the big man, the Magic were very competitive in this one and quite frankly, probably should have won. Former Hoosier (gotta represent) Victor Oladipo led the way for the Magic with 17 points. Tobias Harris and rookie Elfrid Payton added 15 and 12 points respectively for the Magic coming off a west coast road trip.

You could see from the start that the Wizards were just going through the motions for about the first 3½ quarters. They were running plays but making cuts without intensity or purpose, they were not hustling for the 50/50 balls, and gave up way too many easy buckets on defense.

The Magic came out scorching hot in the 3rd quarter hitting 7-9 field goals, stretching the lead to 9. Victor Oladipo drove to the hole and was looking to throw down a nasty dunk but Marcin Gortat went up with him and got called for the foul. Gortat didn’t think there was any contact and got T’d up by the refs as a result. After watching the replay, it looked like Gortat got him on the body. The T sparked the Wiz who then went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to two. The Wizards shot 60% (12-20) from the field in the quarter but trailed by eight due to the Magic’s sharp shooting of 71%.

The Wiz came out in the 4th quarter and ran a play for Rasual Butler who knocked down his first jump shot. This was a good sign of things to come. Defense was a little questionable though. Once again, the Wizards bigs would switch onto smaller guards whenever a screen was run, even early in the shot clock. This led to Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton shooting over the big men and connecting more often than not. It looked like things might be slipping out of control when Nene had a monstrous put back dunk off of a miss. John Wall backed that up with a steal and easy dunk to cut the lead to four on the next possession.

Some poor boxing out allowed Tobias Harris slam home a rebound to put the Magic up five with just over a minute to go. John Wall took the game into his own hands with layups on back to back possessions; getting fouled on the second. John had a chance to tie the game but missed the And-1. With 32 seconds left, the Wizards locked down on defense forced a tough shot from Victor Oladipo. Rasual Butler got pushed from behind going up for the rebound. With the Magic in the penalty, Rasual had a chance to give the Wizards the lead. Rasual had missed just one free throw all season…. He splits the pair to tie the game at 89.

Victor Oladipo is once again, forced into a tough shot on the next possession out. The Wizards call a timeout and advance the ball with .8 seconds. Coach Wittman calls a perfect play and Andre Miller lobs the ball up for Bradley Beal who lays it in as time expires. The Win moves the Wizards to 5-4 on the road and 15-6 overall. Huge test on Friday with the Clipshow coming to town.



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