Orlando holds on to beat Washington 125-121
The Orlando Magic beat the Washington Wizards 125-121 tonight at the Amway Center.
The Magic had an offensive explosion tonight with six players in double digits including a career high scoring night for Markelle Fultz.
Nikola Vucevic lead the scoring with 30, followed by Evan Fournier with a double-double with 25 points and 17 rebounds.
The Wizards were scorching from deep with 19 3-point shots including superstar Bradley Beal going 5 for 10 from deep, keeping the Wizards in play.
Markelle Fultz had a great night, scoring on his first six shots , including two of his 19 points coming from deep, plus a defensive steal and slam dunk late in the game.
“Great play. Instincts.” Said Magic Coach Steve Clifford “First of all, it takes great discipline. The play he made was the play he you’re supposed to make. that’s what you talk about in the huddle.”
Orlando played without Jonathan Isaac, who is still nursing a sprained ankle. Also, during the game, Michael Carter-Williams went down with a hip injury and DJ Augustine dislocated a finger, But it was popped back into place and he went back into the game.
” It was painful” said Augustin ” Once they popped it back into place it felt better. We went into the x-ray room to make sure nothing was broken. that was my main concern. I knew it would be okay.”
“Tough as nails.” Clifford said of Augustin “He’s got a physical toughness, a mental toughness. It’s a big part of why he’s such a good player.”
The Wizards climbed back into the game in the 4th quarter, with Bradley Beal scoring 15 points, Ish Smith and Davis Bertand both scoring 9 points in the quarter. Washington grinned down an 18 point lead down to 1 point.
Key shots by Fournier, and the steal and slam dunk by Fultz helped seal the win for Orlando.
The Magic head out on the road for the next four games, starting with a match against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.