Game Recap: Wizards 92 - Magic 97



John Wall scored 35 points and the Wizards made several comebacks in the second half, but ultimately fell in Orlando, 97-92. The two teams split their season series at two games apiece.

The Wizards got a little healthier for this one as Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster, and A.J. Price returned, but Bradley Beal and Nene were still out. The game began evenly matched as both teams shot about 50% in the first quarter and the Magic held a slim one point advantage. The Magic would build on that lead with a dominant second quarter and went into the half up by 12. The Wizards would not be down for long as they went on a 13-0 run early in the 3rd quarter and grabbed the lead before going back and forth with Orlando for most of the quarter. The Magic went on a late run of their own to enter the fourth up by seven. The Wizards once again went on an early run in the fourth to tie the game just three minutes in. They would spend the entire fourth quarter trying to get the lead but would never succeed and in the end lost by five.

John Wall had another exceptional performance with a game high 35 points and also had nine rebounds. Martell Webster was the other Wizard in double figures with 19 points and Emeka Okafor chipped in nine points and 13 rebounds.

Tobias Harris had a career high 30 points to lead the Magic, Maurice Harkless had 18 and E'Twaun Moore 15.

The Wizards return home to face the Raptors on Sunday night.

John Wall

Points: 35

Rebounds: 9

Assists: 2

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Points: John Wall - 35

Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 13

Assists: Martell Webster and Garrett Temple - 3

Blocks: Martell Webster and Emeka Okafor - 2

Steals: John Wall - 2

Randy Wittman Postgame

On Game:

“We lost it in the first half. We just came out and went through the motions in the first half and gave them a lot of confidence going into halftime. We came out to play the way we’re capable of playing in the second half, and holding them to 39 points in the second half, we can’t do that. For whatever reason, I can’t figure out how to get our team to come out against teams. They’ve lost eight in a row. They’re going to go on a five game road trip. But, you’ve got to come out right from the start and jump on it. We gave them confidence going into halftime by the way we played.”

John Wall Postgame

On Game:

“We have to step up defensively. They did whatever they wanted. They got offensive rebounds and stuff like that. We held them to 39 in the second half. They just won the game in the first half. We didn’t play any defense and that is what we pride ourselves on. We are not a great enough team to be able to pick it up in the second half to fight back and try to win the game. They got up 15 at one point and had a lot of confidence.”

Martell Webster Postgame

On Game:

“It is fairly disappointing. All around it could have been a better effort but especially in the first half. We held them to 39 points in the second half so you can’t be too upset about that. In the first half we had a mentality that this is an easy win. Usually when you have that mentality is when you get upset. I am just glad we didn’t allow it to become cancerous throughout the whole game. We gave ourselves a fighting chance in the end. These are games especially if we are trying to become a good team that we have to take care of.”

Emeka Okafor Postgame


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