In what became a very entertaining back-and-forth game in the fourth quarter, the Orlando Magic held off the Washington Wizards to win for the first time in their last five games. The Magic rode six Ryan Anderson three-pointers and three J.J. Redick triples to the 109-103 victory.
Anderson finished with 23 points while Dwight Howard had 23 points, 18 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Nick Young led the Wizards with 24 points.
The first three quarters were fairly sloppy and at times, poorly played, before a scoring barrage in the fourth quarter. Orlando outscored the Wizards 40-35(!) in the final period after ending the third quarter on with a one-point lead. After the Magic took an early lead, the Wizards were able to consistently take the lead, but the Magic were able to able every Wizards run with big three-pointers by Redick and Anderson.
For the game, the offensive numbers look quite nice – 109 points on an effective field goal percentage of 54.1, an offensive rating of 114.5, 13 three-pointers and a lower turnover rate than normal (14.3). The Magic also dominated the charity stripe. They got to the line 39 times and hit 30 of those free throws (that’s a free throw rate of 41.1). The Wizards were just 7-of-9 from the line.
That includes Dwight Howard, who was 11-of-16 from the stripe. That has to be nice for Howard, who has been dreadful from the line this season, especially as of late. Howard really filled the stat sheet – he scored 23 points on just 6-of-10 shooting, grabbed 18 boards, collected four steals and dished out three assists.
Redick and Anderson combined to his nine three-pointers and score 44 points, giving the Magic three 20-point scorers on the evening. Overall, the Magic had seven players score at least seven points.
- Defensively, it wasn’t good. The Wizards posted an effective field goal percentage of 52.2%, had an offensive rating of 106.2 and hit 12 three-pointers themselves.
- The Wizards continued to show you can really strain the Orlando offense by putting pressure on the ball handler in the back court.
Next Up: The Magic host the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night.
Final Thought: The Magic will take any kind of win they can get right now.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic and NBA Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)
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