Recap: Magic 90, Wizards 83

December 19, 2012

The NBA is a star driven league. The league’s brightest standouts receive the most media attention, fanfare and often give their squad the best chance at bringing home a championship.

That’s why when the Magic traded away six-time All-Star center Dwight Howard and were left without a bona-fide superstar on their roster pundits left them for dead. Certain analysts, who shall remain nameless, pegged Orlando for a mere 16 wins during their 2012-13 campaign and predicted that this team would be an Eastern Conference bottom dweller.

But now, the Magic are turning heads and proving that quality team basketball can generate success as well.

With Wednesday’s 90-83 home victory over the Wizards, Orlando (12-13) earned it’s fourth straight win and pulled within one game of a .500 record.

“We’re getting better,” guard J.J. Redick explained. “Offensively our execution has been better and our level of play, our level of effort has been more consistent.”

Over the last 10 games, the Magic are 7-3 and have received production from nearly everyone on their roster.

Against Washington, Redick and backup point guard E’Twaun Moore were the difference makers, combining for 32 points on an efficient 11-for-19 shooting night from the floor.

“Big contributions,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn said. “(They’ve) been vital to our team this year and the things that we’ve done well.”

When you consider that Orlando has done this well without veterans Al Harrington (knee) and Hedo Turkoglu (left hand) in the lineup for nearly the entire season, the Magic’s accomplishments have been nearly phenomenal. They’re an outstanding 11-7 with Jameer Nelson in the lineup and have adapted extremely well to Vaughn’s system and a new blend of teammates.

“We have four guys in our rotation who are rookies or second year players and we have a new coach and a new staff and we’re all kind of learning things, but it’s been really good,” Redick said.

The most important thing for Orlando now is the injury status of Glen Davis (shoulder). The severity of his condition will determine how much this Magic squad will have to adapt moving forward.

However, adaptation is what Orlando has done best this season.

"He'll get evaluated and we'll see what the diagnosis is and we'll go on from there. You know how I think, I'm more of a positive than negative guy so until I get the diagnosis, I'm planning on having the same lineup and if I have to change it, then I will." - Jacque Vaughn on Glen Davis' shoulder injury.
This Statline of the Night goes to E'Twaun Moore. The Magic's backup point guard went 6-for-10 from the field and 3-for-5 from long range on his way to 15 points. He capped off his 20-minute effort with two steals, two assists and one rebound.
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