The Orlando Magic appear to be reaching their full potential over the past four games. After beating the Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats, and Minnesota Timberwolves within a four-day span, the Magic took down the Washington Wizards 90-83 on Wednesday night at the Amway Center.
J.J. Redick led Orlando (12-13) with 17 points on 5 of 9 shooting, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Arron Afflalo and E'Twaun Moore had 15 points apiece, with Moore finishing 6 of 10 from the field and 3 of 5 from behind the arc. Glen Davis finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, but exited the game with a left shoulder injury after falling to the court following a foul by Washington's Emeka Okafor with 47.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
"He's huge for us, especially down the stretch of games," Magic forward Nikola Vucevic said of Davis. "He plays with a lot of energy and really gets us going."
The Wizards (3-20), who are the owners of the NBA's worst record, got 20 points from Nene, 19 points and six assists from Jordan Crawford, and 11 points each from Martell Webster and Cartier Martin.
Washington outshot Orlando 34 of 77 (44.2%) to 34 of 81 (42.0%) from the field and 9 of 17 (52.9%) to 8 of 20 (40.0%) from 3-point land, but the Magic held the edge in free throw shooting after going 14 of 17 (82.4%) from the line compared to 6 of 8 (75.0%) for the visitors. Orlando outrebounded the Wizards 48-38 and finished with a 34-32 advantage on points in the paint.
Leading 27-26 at the end of the first quarter, Orlando outscored Washington 25-24 in the second period and 24-13 in the third frame before losing 20-14 in the fourth.
"Our level of play and effort has been consistent all season," Redick said. "We still have a lot to clean up, but we're improving. That's the biggest thing right now."
Orlando is at Toronto on Friday at 7:00 pm on FS Florida.
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