Denton: Magic at Wizards Analysis (12/2/13)
The 80 points scored was the Magic’s lowest scoring output of the season. The previous low was 91 points against the Spurs on Friday – another game played without veteran point guard Jameer Nelson.
``(The Wizards) are a physical bunch and an athletic bunch and we talked about that before the game started. And they lived up to being very physical with our bigs in the paint,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``Their bigs were really solid and made our shots tough. They challenged multiple shots and you’ve got to give them credit.’’
The Magic were again without Nelson because of a sprained foot and they lost for a second consecutive time. Orlando shot just 39 percent from the floor, made only three of 15 3-point shots and had little offensive production outside of guard Arron Afflalo. Afflalo scored 21 points, but only four of those came after halftime.
Magic rookie Victor Oladipo was playing in the Washington, D.C. area for the first time as a professional on Monday. He grew up in nearby Upper Marlboro, Md., a 17-mile drive away. He never attended a Wizards game as a child, but did play numerous high school games, college games and All-Star games in Washington’s Verizon Center. His mother, Joan, and sisters, Victoria, Kristine and Kendra, were among the 12,809 in attendance. And they waited for Oladipo after the game near the team bus, plying him with encouragement and loving hugs.
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