Grades: Washington Wizards 98, Orlando Magic 80 | Magic Basketball



Dec 02

Grades: Washington Wizards 98, Orlando Magic 80


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Washington Wizards 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
80 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -19

To say that Vucevic struggled would be an understatement. He committed eight turnovers and some of them were careless. Midway through the third quarter, he traveled on an inbounds pass. Then on the ensuing possession, he committed offensive basket interference while trying to make a tip-in. After the turnover, the frustration got to Vucevic and he was whistled for a technical foul after throwing the ball at the stanchion.

Victor Oladipo
4-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -21

His jumper wasn’t falling and he only had moderate success attacking the rim off the dribble against Nene and Gortat, but Oladipo still managed to have some moments of pure brilliance. Like midway through the first quarter, when he threaded the needle and made a precise bounce pass from half-court to a streaking Maurice Harkless for a dunk in transition.

Arron Afflalo
10-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | -9

He could have shot more 3s and gotten to the free throw line more, but outside of those two things, there’s not much else Afflalo could have done offensively. His defense, on the other hand, could have been better. Although Trevor Ariza wasn’t his primary assignment, when Afflalo was defending him, he lost track of Ariza a few times and gave him too many quality looks from the perimeter.

Maurice Harkless
7-13 FG | 1-4 3P | 2 STL | 4 REB | 16 PTS | -8

This is an instance where the numbers can lie. Harkless was the Magic’s second-leading scorer on the night, but a majority of his points came in garbage time when the game was already decided. This isn’t to say Harkless didn’t play well. He did. But context is everything in the NBA and Harkless put up empty stats against the Wizards.

Washington Wizards

Magic fans had to be getting flashbacks to the 2009 NBA Finals as tonight’s game unfolded, given that Trevor Ariza (a former Magic killer with the Los Angeles Lakers) couldn’t miss from the perimeter. He had 24 points (8-for-9 shooting) and made all four of his 3-point attempts, and was the biggest reason why Washington beat Orlando with incredible ease.