Game Recap: Wizards 83 - Magic 90



A new starting lineup saw the Wizards get off to a quick start and propelled them to 50 first half points, but they lost their rhythm in the second half and would fall to the Magic, 90-83, on Wednesday night in Orlando.

Bradley Beal's name was added to the injury report, which already included John Wall, A.J. Price, Trevor Ariza, and Trevor Booker. Beal missed the first game of his career with a sore lower back after he took a hard spill in Tuesday night's game vs. Atlanta. The Wizards would respond by inserting Shaun Livingston into the starting lineup and also gave Earl Barron his first start of the season to try and shake things up.

The new lineup seemed to pay off as the Wizards scored 26 points in the first quarter and had a good flow to their offense. Jordan Crawford had 11 first quarter points, on 3-4 shooting from beyond the arc. After registering a triple-double on Tuesday night, his encore performance appeared to be equally as impressive, but Crawford cooled off after his hot start and he would finish with 19 points, six assists, and four rebounds.

The Wizards trailed 52-50 at the half, but it was the third quarter that did them in on Wednesday night as they were held to just 13 third quarter points and entered the fourth down double digits. As they have for much of the year, they made a run in the fourth quarter and pulled to within four, but the Magic would hang on for the seven point win and send the Wizards their 20th loss of the season.

Nene finished with a season-high 20 points, while Cartier Martin and Martell Webster recorded 11 points apiece.

The Wizards now travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons on Friday night.

Martell Webster

Points: 11

Rebounds: 4

Assists: 1

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Points: Nene - 20

Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 12

Assists: Jordan Crawford - 6

Blocks: Kevin Seraphin - 2

Steals: Crawford - 2

On tonight’s loss:

“Well we lost the game in the third quarter. We came out in the third quarter and cared more about me than we. Who’s getting shots? I need shots. And I think we scored 13. Did we fight back and get back in it? Yes, but we’re not good enough to overcome those things. We’re not good enough. And we can’t play that way. That eight minute stretch in the third quarter was ridiculous. Very disappointing and it can’t happen.”

On why the team reverted to that kind of play:

“I guess it’s my job to find out. I don’t have an answer for it…why. We haven’t learned our lesson. I told them if you’re going to play that way when you come out, I don’t care if you’ve got eight bodies, seven bodies or whatever it is we’ve got, you’ve got to keep playing.”

On the Game:

“We got stagnant in the third quarter. We only scored 13 points and that hurt us.
It is a game of runs. We are going to make a run and they are going to make a run. You just have to play a full 48 minutes.”

On the Game:

“We are not going to give up that is all I can say. I wear my heart on my sleeve as well as the rest of my teammates but I am not going to give up. It hurts but the moral of the story is you can’t give up. You have to keep fighting and continue to get better. I am not looking to change anything. Everything is solid and the way I want it to be. You just have to finish games and continue to be resilient. I think if we continue to keep our heads up and stay confident in our system, then things will change.”