Wizards-Magic instant analysis

Wizards-Magic instant analysis
January 14, 2013, 9:15 pm
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John Wall's crossover leaves Ish Smith on the floor

A recap of the Washington Wizards 120-91 win over the Orlando Magic:

How it happened:

The Wizards controlled this game from start to finish. It was a total team effort with six players scoring in double figures. Emeka Okafor established a presence down low tying a season high with 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting.  AJ Price chipped in a season high 18 points and six assists. Bradley Beal scored 17 points while shooting 70 percent from the field.  One game after having five fouls in five minutes, Jan Vesely electrified the crowd with a couple of acrobatic dunks. He finished with 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds and four assists.

What it means:

Following Saturday’s win over Atlanta, Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he was happy with back-to-back wins but a win streak equals three or more wins in his book. The Wizards couldn’t have scripted a better way to end their three game home stand.

Key stat:

With John Wall pushing the tempo Washington outscored Orlando 29-4 in fast break points. Although Wall is still working his way back into playing shape his speed is leading to a lot of open looks for his teammates. In related news the Wizards shot a season high 56 percent from the field.  Their 120 points were also a season high.

Injury update:

Jordan Crawford missed his third straight game with a sore left ankle. Wizards coach Randy Wittman said Crawford is day-to-day but he would like to give him some more time off to get that ankle completely healed. Trevor Booker also missed tonight’s game with a sprained left ankle and Cartier Martin missed his third straight game with a hyper-extended left knee.

What’s next:

The Wizards hope to improve upon their 1-15 road record when they head out West for five straight games starting with Sacramento on Wednesday.