It wasn’t easy but Washington made the shots when it counted most to beat the Magic, 115-114. Bradley Beal led the team in scoring with 32 points but it was Bojan Bogdanovic who stole the show with 27 points including a career-high eight three-pointers.
The Magic hit their first four field goals of the game whereas the Wizards went 0-3 to start which was a preview of things to come in the first half. After a deflating loss to the Raptors on Friday night, Washington was walking through the motions hoping that their talent would be enough to beat a subpar Orlando team.
Washington finally got their feet under them but still trailed by three, 28-25 after the first quarter.
Orlando came out on fire to start the second quarter knocking down their first four three-pointers and the Wizards didn’t have an answer. Wizards’ fans held their breath as Bradley Beal took a step-back jumper only to land on Terrance Ross’s foot and roll his ankle. Beal would head to the locker room but would be OK and return to the game.
The Magic came into the game as one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league but connected on 10-20 in the first half as they led, 61-46 at halftime.
The third quarter was a game of runs. Washington threw the first punch with an 11-2 run to cut the Magic lead to 10 midway through the third quarter. But the Magic countered with a 10-0 run of their own to take the lead by 17, 88-71. The Wizards counterpunched again with an 8-0 run with several tough shots from Wall and Beal as the Wizards trailed, 90-79 entering the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was a wild one. After the Wizards cut the lead to two, newly acquired Terrance Ross would hit a tough three-pointer to stretch the Magic’s lead out to five. And that’s when Bogdanovic caught fire. Whenever Washington needed a big bucket, Bogdanovic was there to provide it. Bogdanovic hit several clutch three-pointers down the stretch to either tie the game up or give the Wizards the lead.
Bradley Beal and Bogdanovic combined for the final 18 points for Washington. With the Wizards up one and just over 30 seconds to play, John Wall took an ill-advised shot resulting in a transition opportunity for the Magic. Fortunately for the Wizards, Aaron Gordon would miss his shot at the buzzer as the Wizards hang on to win an ugly one, 115-114.
Bogdanovic comes up big
Bogdanovic came up big for the Wizards tonight scoring 27 points with 15 coming in the fourth quarter, all on three-pointers. Whenever the Wizards needed a basket down the stretch, they kicked the ball to Bogdanovic for three. The second-newest Wizards hit a career-high eight three-pointers on 8-10 shooting from distance and is one of the main reasons Washington was able to get the victory tonight.
Bradley Beal rolls his ankle but still has a big game
As mentioned, Beal scored 32 points on 12-21 shooting including 3-5 from three-point range. Like Bogdanovic, Beal was very clutch for the Wizards knocking down big shots and driving to the hole to keep the Wizards in this game. It was a little odd that Beal didn’t touch the ball on the last possession as he’s clearly the closer for this team but regardless, it didn’t haunt them tonight.
Wizards get much-needed win
After a tough loss against the Raptors just two nights ago, the Wizards needed to beat a struggling Orlando team at home. The Wizards have struggled with Orlando this season evidenced by their 2-2 record and tonight was no different. More importantly, it gets Washington on the right foot before they head out west for a five-game road swing.