The Orlando Magic (13-9) had a long-overdue offensive explosion, scoring 40 fourth quarter points to break open a 71-71 tie early in the quarter on their way to the 109-103 victory over the woeful Washington Wizards (4-19). The Magic's largest fourth quarter lead was 89-77, but Washington got as close as 104-100 before the Magic finally put the Wizards away.
Three Magic players scored over 20 points, led by Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson with 23 points apiece. Howard added 18 rebounds and 4 steals, along with a respectable 11 of 16 from the free throw line, while Anderson shot 6 of 9 from three point range. J.J. Redick, starting in place of Jason Richardson at shooting guard, was very efficient while scoring 21 points on 5 of 7 shooting.
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red denotes a stat worse than the team's season average.
The Wizards were led by SG Nick Young with 24 points on 8 of 13 shooting. Former Magic Rashard Lewis scored a season-high 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting along with 8 rebounds. 2010 top draft pick John Wall dished out 10 assists, but had one of the worst shooting games in the NBA this season, shooting 1 for 12 on his way to 2 points.
The Magic started out strong, jumping out to a 21-10 lead with just over three minutes remaining in the opening quarter and led 25-20 after one. The Wizards were in the midst of a 26-9 run, which culminated in a 36-30 Washington lead with 6:39 remaining in the half. The Magic then stepped up their game, holding the Wizards scoreless for over three minutes while going on a 12-0 run to lead 45-38. The first half closed with the Magic leading 47-43. Orlando shot 42.9% in the first half, with Washington shooting 39.2%.
The Magic continued to lead throughout most of the third quarter, but the Wizards kept the game close as the Magic's largest lead was just five points as they hung on to a 69-68 lead after three. The Magic never lost the lead in the final quarter on the way to a much-needed victory.
Other game notes:
-In the Magic's 40 point fourth quarter, they shot 11 of 19 (57.9%) from the field, including 4 of 6 on three pointers and 14 of 19 from the free throw line.
-Washington, which came into the game dead last in offensive rating, scored 60 second-half points on 22 of 41 (53.7%) FG shooting, including 9 of 15 on three pointers.
-The Wizards' reserves scored a collective 51 points, and had three players in double figures led by Jordan Crawford's 19 points.
-Hedo Turkoglu led the Magic with 5 assists, but shot just 5 of 16 from the field and finished with 16 points.
-Chris Duhon was steady as the Magic's starting point guard in 30 minutes of action. He finished with 7 points and 4 assists, but had no turnovers and had a team-best plus/minus of +22.
-This was the first game all season that the Magic shot at least 45% from the field and 75% from the free throw line in the same game.
It was good to see the Magic come alive offensively, but this was far from a convincing win against one of the worst teams in the NBA. The defensive performance left a lot to be desired against a Wizards' team that has really struggled on the offensive end all season. Maybe this win can give the Magic some confidence, which they really need.
Here is the complete box score from espn.com