Reaction: Orlando Magic 103, Washington Wizards 85 | Magic Basketball



Jan 04

Reaction: Orlando Magic 103, Washington Wizards 85

AP Photo/John Raoux

Orlando Magic 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
85 Washington Wizards

Dwight Howard
11-13 FG | 6-14 FT | 20 REB | 3 BLK | 28 PTS | +23

Historically, Howard has dominated in head-to-head matchups against JaVale McGee and the rest of the frontline for the Washington Wizards and tonight was no different. Howard scored at will, whether it was in pick-and-rolls, post-ups, or via offensive rebounds. His rebounding and defense was stellar as well. The lone red mark against the big fella was his free-throw shooting.

Ryan Anderson
7-16 FG | 3-5 3P | 0 AST | 15 REB | 23 PTS | +24

Anderson is seen by many in the analytics community as a per-minute darling because of his ability to produce in limited playing time. This was the case in 2010 and 2011. It’s true that he is averaging 31.7 minutes per game this season, but he only played roughly 28 minutes against the Wizards and put up some eye-gaudy numbers anyway. The best stat? Seven offensive rebounds (more than Howard).

Hedo Turkoglu
7-9 FG | 0-1 3P | 8 AST | 5 REB | 14 PTS | +25

It was a quiet but efficient game for Turkoglu. He did his usual damage in pick-and-rolls, nailed a few fallaway jumpers, and made some layups in transition. Perhaps the best thing that can be taken away (the same goes for Anderson and others) is that he didn’t play a lot and should be well-rested for an important game on Friday against the Chicago Bulls.

J.J. Redick
5-11 FG | 1-4 3P | 2 AST | 1 REB | 14 PTS | +10

Redick was fine. He didn’t do anything spectacular. It’s worth noting that Redick continues to run a play with Howard that continues to be effective. It’s an entry pass from Redick that leads to a handoff pass from Howard. When players for the Magic make that entry pass, they cut towards the lane and Howard typically fakes a pass. Redick, though, gets the ball for a mid-range jumpshot.

Washington Wizards

A lot of people predicted a breakout season for John Wall, thinking that he would continue to develop into the next Derrick Rose. It’s still early but so far Wall has yet to impress. He’s getting to the free-throw line plenty of times, but that jumper of his remains poor and he’s not converting at the rim enough. Those are some things that need to improve.

Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.


John Wall should have stayed another year. UK would have won it all with him and Knight together.