Wizards defeat Magic 96-86

The Wizards defeated the Magic 96-86 behind a 29-16 fourth quarter as the Playoff-bound Wizards slowly took control over the game and pulled away late in the fourth quarter.

Team Score Time Off.Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Washington 96 Pace: 96.5 99.5 43.9 28.9 11.9 40.2
Orlando 86 Final 90.0 44.2 24.4 17.1 31.2

Nene scored 17 points off the bench and John Wall had a double double with 10 points and 12 assists.

Arron Afflalo scored 19 points to lead Orlando and Jameer Nelson had 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

The Magic’s big lead from the first quarter is gone, but they are still keeping the fight up against the Wizards. Not just the young players, but the vets too. There is certainly a lot of pride. Just try to ignore the score out in Boston.

Nelson is getting into the lane easily and already has a double double with 12 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Orlando though holds just a one point lead at the two-minute mark of the third quarter.

That pass from Arron Afflalo to Kyle O’Quinn was pretty indicative of the Wizards defense. The Magic shot 44.0 percent from the floor but 13 of their 22 field goal makes came in the paint. Most notably with Jameer Nelson dishing out nine first-half assists. He was getting into the paint and doing whatever he wanted for the Magic.

Washington though erased what was an Orlando 14-point lead thanks to its ability to get to the line. The Wizards took 14 of their 20 free throw attempts in the second quarter, helping them quickly erase the deficit.

Arron Afflalo has 14 points to lead the Magic. Dewayne Dedmon has grabbed nine rebounds. Kyle O’Quinn and Tobias Harris each had eight points.

The Magic dominated the first quarter with some scary efficient offense and defense good enough to make the Wizards miss most of their shots.

It was highlighted by that fancy fast break from Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo. Harris fed Oladipo behind his back on a 2-on-1 fast break before Oladipo, surprised he received the ball, went reverse layup under the rim to get the two points.

Kyle O’Quinn had six points and five rebounds through one quarter. Jameer Nelson had five rebounds and six assists. The Wizards shot 25.0 percent from the floor.

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