Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
While some might say its beginning to look a lot like Christmas around D.C, many in Capital One Arena might say its looking a lot like the same ole story with the Wizards… injuries.. one playing scoring.. you name it… probably already have seen it this season.
Without Thomas Bryant in the line-up and Rui finding himself in foul trouble again, it made for tough times toward the end of regulation tonight against Orlando.
The Wizards trailed by 14 at halftime but Davis Bertans’ second 3-pointer of the quarter pulled Washington within 74-67 early in the third. This was the start of a run that put some energy back into the building that was missing in the first half.
Beal’s 3-pointer followed by Isiah Thomas’ basket and another 3 by Beal gave Washington its first lead of the game at 75-74, completing a 21-6 run.
After the strong run by the Wizards, Orlando answered when Michael Carter-Williams scored five straight points late in the quarter the Magic led 94-84. It was almost as Scott Brooks had lost control of the defense for the Wizards.
The game continued to go the way for the Magic when a flagrant foul was called on Beal and then led to seven straight points by D. J Augustin in the fourth and Orlando led 104-88 with 10:45 remaining.
Washington would make another run sparked by Jordan McCrae with a little over 1:00 remaining, but the 7 point spread was just too much to handle tonight.