Grades: Washington Wizards 96, Orlando Magic 86 | Magic Basketball



Apr 12

Grades: Washington Wizards 96, Orlando Magic 86

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Washington Wizards 96 Final
Recap | Box Score
86 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
6-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | -1

At halftime, it seemed like Afflalo was well on his way to another big scoring night. He had 14 points in the first half, mostly on midrange jumpers and layups. Then the Wizards — a top 10 defensive team — clamped down defensively on Afflalo, who finished with “only” 19 points, and the rest of the Magic players in the second half.

Jameer Nelson
5-16 FG | 0-5 3P | 7 REB | 11 AST | 12 PTS | +1

He struggled to finish at the rim and his jump shot was off, but Nelson had an excellent game regardless. Excellent because he nearly had a triple-double — a feat he’s never accomplished in his NBA career. Nelson’s passing is what stood out the most. He did a beautiful job of distributing the basketball in pick-and-pops and pick-and-rolls, and making it easy on his teammates to score.

Kyle O’Quinn
6-9 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 BLK | 9 REB | 13 PTS | +6

If O’Quinn played more than 25 minutes a night, you could probably pencil him in for a double-double. Case in point: O’Quinn was a rebound shy of a double-double against Washington in nearly 25 minutes of playing time. That’s how good he’s been since becoming a full-time starter. It’ll be interesting to see how coach Jacque Vaughn juggles O’Quinn’s PT next season.

Doron Lamb
4-5 FG | 3-4 3P | 1 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6

When Lamb is making his 3-pointers, as he did against the Wizards, he can be a useful player. Orlando doesn’t have enough 3-point shooting on the roster and that’s a skill that Lamb can provide (he’s a career 39.8 percent 3-point shooter). The problem is that it’s Lamb’s only NBA skill. And even then, Lamb is a spot-up shooter. He needs to be more than that.

Washington Wizards

After losing to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, Washington fell to the No. 7 seed in the East. But the Wizards didn’t stay there long. With a win over the Magic on Friday, combined with a Bobcats’ loss (to the Boston Celtics), Washington is the No. 6 seed again. That’s where the Wizards have been in the standings for most of the second half of the season.