Nikola Vučević, Nenê, and Glen Davis - USA TODAY Sports
Orlando won its fourth consecutive game Wednesday by holding off the Wizards, 90-83, despite 20 points from Nenê.
The Orlando Magic won their fifth game in their last six tries Wednesday, 90-83, against the Washington Wizards. Orlando controlled the game almost throughout, as the Magic took the lead for good at the 4:57 mark of the first quarter.
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red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.
Washington kept itself within striking distance by converting three-pointers at an above-average rate: the visitors shot 9-of-17 from beyond the arc. Cartier Martin buried two triples in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards' struggles inside the arc and in the turnover department--Washington coughed the ball up five times in the final 12 minutes--stalled their comeback effort despite Orlando's own poor offense.
Wizards center Nenê, on a minutes limit, certainly gave his club a boost. In a game his squad lost by seven points, Nenê had a plus/minus rating of plus-nine, making him the only Wizard with a plus/minus figure greater than one. His 20 points led all scorers.
Keeping opponents away from the offensive glass and off the foul line has become something of the Magic's defensive signature, and they executed that plan to great effect against the Wizards. Washington grabbed just 11.6 percent of its own misses and earned only eight free-throw attempts on the night. Glen Davis, Maurice Harkless, Nikola Vučević, and Gustavo Ayón combined for 29 of the Magic's 38 defensive rebounds.