By John Denton
January 14, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In separate games against the Washington Wizards earlier this season, the Orlando Magic lost power forward Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis and E’Twaun Moore to injuries. Those two players returned Monday night in Washington, bringing the Magic closer to finally being whole.
But once again it was the woeful Wizards who put a hurting on the Magic. Washington scored at will most of the night – both in the paint and in transition – to shred the Magic defensively in a 120-91 thumping before 14,648 fans at the Verizon Center. Washington has just seven wins all season, but two of them have come against the Magic in the past month.
``We just got completely outplayed tonight in every aspect of the game,’’ said Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick, who had 12 points, four assists and two 3-pointers off the bench. ``We just didn’t have it tonight. … You are going to be in situations like this (at the end of a nine-day road trip) where you don’t have it and it’s not easy and you have to tough it out. We didn’t do that. There is no excuse for it.’’
Orlando (13-24) snapped a 10-game losing streak on Saturday with a stirring defeat of the Los Angeles Clippers in one of its most impressive performances of the season. And the Magic hoped that getting Davis (sprained left shoulder) and Moore (sprained left elbow) back after extended absences would help their depth and struggling defense.
But the Wizards jumped to a 19-point lead in the first half and followed that up with 62.5 percent shooting in a 37-24 Washington third quarter. The Magic’s most encouraging stretch of the night came when they scored the final 13 points of the first half, but the inability to get defensive stops doomed the night.
``We just didn’t accept the challenge on defense. They got too many layups and (almost) 60 points in the first half,’’ said Davis, whose Magic allowed 54 points in the paint and 29 points in transition in the game. ``We just didn’t come to play today.’’
Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson scored 19 points and handed out 12 assists, while center Nikola Vucevic registered his 19th double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The most encouraging aspect of the night for the Magic was the solid play of Davis, who showed no signs of shoulder trouble in his controlled time (17 minutes) off the bench. Davis scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and drew a charge in the first quarter, proving his shoulder is sound.
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