Magic Musings: Cold night from floor leaves Orlando with loss in Washington

BY foxsports • February 9, 2015

Playing for the third time in four nights and forced to make do without Tobias Harris, the Orlando Magic never got into much of a rhythm on offense Monday night and lost 96-80 to the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards held the Magic to their second-lowest scoring output in 55 games while completing a sweep of the four meetings this season. The Magic were held under 100 points in all of those games.

Harris was not available because of a sore right knee. Without him and his 17.4-point scoring average, the Magic shot under 40 percent from the floor even after hitting 11 of 21 shots in the fourth quarter against a lineup largely of the Wizards' reserves.

Nikola Vucevic had only two points in the first half before finishing with 14, and Washington-area native Victor Oladipo missed all six of his 3-point attempts. Evan Fournier had 18 points off the bench to lead the Magic in scoring for the first time since Nov. 21.

Aaron Gordon started at a forward spot in place of Harris and had five points in 17 minutes. Fellow rookie Elfrid Payton ended up with 11 points and a career-high six steals.

The Wizards rolled despite losing forward Kris Humphries to a bruised lower back sustained in a fall after colliding with backup Magic center Dewayne Dedmon during the first quarter.

Since winning at Charlotte and Miami in late December, the Magic have gone 1-9 on the road. Seven of their next eight games are at home.

THE TURNING POINT

The Wizards ran off 14 straight points early in the third quarter to build a 54-37 lead. Garrett Temple, who started in place of the injured Bradley Beal (sore big right toe), hit one of their three 3-pointers during the run.

THE DIFFERENCE MAKER

All-Star guard John Wall had only nine points on 3-of-10 shooting but helped out the Wizards elsewhere with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Wall was brought back into the game with 4:52 remaining after the Magic cut a 20-point deficit through three quarters to 13.

STAT OF THE GAME

Both teams combined to miss all 18 of their 3-pointers in the first half. The Magic were 0 of 12 until Channing Frye connected almost halfway through the third quarter.

WHAT'S NEXT

Wednesday night vs. New York, 7 p.m.

You can follow Ken Hornack on Twitter @HornackFSFla or email him at khornack32176@gmail.com.


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