Kris Humphries led the Wizards in scoring with 23 points including 5-8 from three-point range as the Wizards beat theMagic 108-99; their tenth straight win over Orlando. Garrett Temple got the start for the injured Bradley Beal and scored 18 points. John Wall and Marcin Gortat chipped in with 15 and 13 points respectively as the Wizards were able to pull away late.
The matchup between Nikola Vucevic and Marcin Gortat was fun to watch as Vucevic scored 10 points on 5-7 shooting early on. Even though the Magic started the game connecting on their first 10-12 field goals, the Wizards fought back into this one and got hot from three-point land knocking down 5-9 shots from long range in the first quarter and led 29-27 after one.
Kelly Oubre Jr. saw some early playing time and opened the second quarter with a strong drive in transition. Unfortunately for the rookie, he picked up three fouls in just four minutes of play and was forced back to the bench.
Humphries wasn’t shy from three-point range to start this one but passed on a wide-open three to drive to the hole for a dunk, tying the game at 37 midway through the second quarter. The Wizards’ did a great job spreading the ball around in the first half as all 10 players who played scored; but the Magic held a 56-50 lead on 47 percent shooting the first half.
Whatever Randy Wittman said to the team at halftime worked. The Wizards started the quarter on a 10-2 run including this very slick pass from John Wall to Garrett Temple for an easy bucket in transition.
Kris Humphries knocked down a straightaway three as the Wizards regained the lead 63-60 at the 8:20 mark. The Wizards were able to control the third quarter ending it on a 13-2 run. In one of their most impressive quarters in recent memory, the Wizards held Orlando to 37 percent shooting and the team collectively had 10 assists but the Wiz led by just 3, 79-76 entering the fourth quarter.
The lead seesawed back and forth throughout the fourth quarter. Whenever it looked like the Wizards might run away, Orlando had an answer. Timely buckets from Tobias Harris and Elfrid Payton kept the Magic within striking distance.
The Wiz regained the lead late in the fourth quarter when Wall found Humphries on the right side for a wide open three as Wizards regained the lead 92-90 with just 4:30 to play. The Wizards used an 8-0 run including another big three-pointer from Kris Humphries as the Wizards stretched the lead to 5, 104-99. John Wall locked down on defense turning the Magic over and they had no other option but to foul Wall on a clear path foul.
The Wizards close this one out and win, 108-99. The win snaps the team’s mini three game skid.
Career highs all around: Plenty of career highs tonight. Kris Humphries knocked down a career high five three pointers on 5-8 shooting from distance. Garrett Temple matched his career high of 18 points on a very effective 5-10 shooting. And lastly, Otto Porter tied his career high with 10 rebounds tonight.
Wiz spread the wealth: All 10 Wizards players scored tonight. The bench chipped in for 30 points led by Nene with nine points and Gary Neal with seven. Oh… And the Wizards had 29 assists on 39 (74 percent) of their made field goals. That’s damn good folks.