Denton: Magic at Wizards Analysis (12/2/13)


By John Denton
Dec. 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Orlando Magic began the longest road trip in their 25-year history on Monday night by hitting a pothole, getting stuck in traffic and grinding to a halt in the opening game.

The pothole came in the form of a 15-2 start to the game, the traffic was caused by dazzling performances from Washington’s Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat – both former Magic players – and the sputtering came in the middle two quarters when the Orlando offense was sluggish and seemingly stuck in neutral.

When the smoke finally cleared Monday night, the Magic were left with a frustrating 98-80 loss to the vastly improved Washington Wizards as Orlando began a 12-day, six-game trip through the East Coast, Texas and the Southeast.

``We didn’t give their (Washington) team our best tonight,’’ Magic power forward Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis said. ``And I think (the Wizards) know that, too. Hopefully, we get something going (Tuesday in Philadelphia) and get this thing turned around.’’

Orlando (6-11) lost when it mustered just 19 points in the second quarter and 20 in the third period. The Magic simply couldn’t keep pace with a Washington offense that was keyed by Ariza (24 points and four 3-pointers), Gortat (13 points and five rebounds) and standout point guard John Wall (16 points and 13 assists).


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