The Wizards won for the fourth consecutive time as they got the win over the Magic at Verizon Center, 115-106. Wall, Beal, Ariza and Gortat all went for over 20 points, giving the Wizards four guys with over 20 for the first time since April of 2010. The Magic never seriously threatened in the second, getting no closer than seven as the Wizards cruised to victory. Wall led all scorers with 27 points, Gortat posted his fifth straight double-double and Ariza made all five of his long distance attempts. This was the Wizards' second victory of the season without Nene in the lineup. Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 26 points in the loss.
At the end of the first half, the Magic clawed their way back into the game to cut the Wizards lead to four with a 12-2 run. Wall took over during the final minute of the half though, going on his own 5-0 run, including an athletic three point play with two seconds left. This put the Wizards up by nine at the break and the Magic would never get that close again.
Player of the Game
With four 20 points scorers who all shot 50% or better from the field, it's difficult to pick one guy. Ariza was brilliant from long distance, Gortat picked up the front court slack with Nene out and Beal was aggressive in attacking the basket all night, but at the end of the day it was Wall who once again stole the show. He finished with a game high 27 points on 11/19 shooting, dished out seven assists, grabbed five boards and committed just one turnover.
0. Despite shooting 50% from the field and scoring 105 points, the Magic did not manage a single fast break basket all night.
Andre Miller's stat line won't jump out at you as he finished with five points and three assists. He led the second unit extraordinarily effectively though, finishing as a game high +12 in his 14 minutes of work.
By: Jacob Raim