The Wizards blew a 19-point lead but hang on to win their first road game, 94-91 as they take down the Magic. John Wall turned in another stellar performance with 26 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds but played 39 minutes tonight. Otto Porter chipped in with 19 points including two three-pointers late in the fourth quarter while the game was still in question.
After building up a first quarter 19-point lead, the Wizards saw it dwindle away as they led by just 10, 48-38 at halftime. The Magic chipped away at the lead even more as they were able to get within four, 72-68 entering the fourth quarter.
Things got chippy as Kelly Oubre went up for a dunk after a whistle and was shoved by Bismack Biyombo. Bradley Beal and Evan Fornier got into it in the middle of the scrum as all four players would receive technical fouls.
Cooler heads would prevail but the Wizards would relinquish the lead as D.J. Augustin hit a floater in the lane and got fouled by Marcin Gortat to stretch the Magic lead to four, 80-76 midway through the fourth quarter.
As mentioned, Porter would hit threes on back-to-back possessions, one from each corner to keep the Wizards within reach. John Wall would ice the game with two drives starting at the top of the key resulting in layups.
The Win brings the Wizards to 5-9 and for the first time all season, the Wizards win back-to-back games.
The bench was a no-show once again:
I feel like a broken record writing this but the bench provided next to nothing tonight. The reserves combined for just 12 points tonight led by Andrew Nicholson with six. That does not bode well as the Wizards host San Antonio tomorrow just one night after the starters played heavy minutes.
Wizards get crushed on the glass:
The Wizards were outrebounded 49-37 and gave up 14 offensive rebounds. Offensive rebounds were killer tonight as second chance opportunities often resulted in points for the Magic. Give a team two or three straight possessions and they’re bound to score. Luckily it didn’t burn the Wizards tonight.
Wall turns in another All-Star worthy performance:
As mentioned, Wall went for 26 points (10-18), 10 assists and seven rebounds tonight. To get this win, Wall needed to play heavy minutes. He looked to give more effort on the defensive end while matched up against Elfrid Payton and D.J. Augustin. In addition, Wall was able to get out in transition tonight, resulting in some easy buckets for the Wizards. It’ll be interesting to see how the coaching staff monitors his minutes as the Wizards head home to play San Antonio tomorrow.