NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Washington 34 39 27 31 131
Orlando 33 27 30 26 116
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0019:00 ET5:00 PM CT22:00 , April 7, 2021
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida  Attendance: 3,991

Magic return home to face Wizards

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic

  1. The Magic have won six in a row over the Wizards, scoring 120 or more points in all six contests. The last time a team from the East won six straight against a division opponent while scoring 120+ points in each game was in 1968-69, when the 76ers did so against the Bucks.
  2. The Wizards have lost four straight, scoring under 105 points in all four losses. It is the first time since December 2017 that Washington failed to score 105 points in four consecutive games, and the first time since March 2015 that it has lost four in a row while scoring under 105 in each defeat.
  3. The Magic lost by 46 points on Friday, their second 40-point loss this year, and by 10 on Saturday, giving them a -7.0 average point differential this season. It is Orlando's second-worst differential through 50 games of a season in franchise history -- only the expansion 1989-90 team had a worse mark, at -7.1.
  4. After leading the Thunder in both rebounds and assists in three different seasons, Russell Westbrook is doing so in his first year with the Wizards. Only two players since 1950-51 have led multiple franchises in both rebounds and assists in a single season -- Jason Kidd and LeBron James.
  5. Chuma Okeke recorded at least 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in his last two games, joining Penny Hardaway and Victor Oladipo as the third rookie in franchise history to post those numbers in back-to-back games. Neither Hardaway nor Oladipo had three straight such games.
  6. The Wizards rank 28th and the Magic 29th this year in average first-half point differential at -3.9 and -4.7, respectively (Timberwolves, -5.5). Orlando averages a league-low 50.9 points per game in first halves, while Washington allows 61.2, the second most in the NBA (Sacramento -- 61.3).

After being ravaged by injuries and illness on a five-game trip, the Orlando Magic return home Wednesday night to play the Washington Wizards.

Sunday, the shorthanded Magic were on the way to defeating the Denver Nuggets before letting an 18-point first-half lead slip away in a 119-109 loss.

"It was definitely fun to see those guys and compete against those guys," said rookie R.J. Hampton, who played against his former team for the first time since being dealt from Denver to Orlando with Gary Harris and a future first-round draft pick for Aaron Gordon. "They're a great basketball team."

Hampton scored 16 points against the Nuggets, but Gordon countered with 24 points to lead Denver, which outscored Orlando 72-44 in the second half.

Still, the Magic picked up wins over the Clippers and Pelicans on their 2-3 trip and hung tough in a three-point loss to the Lakers as they continue to evaluate their younger, revamped roster post-NBA trade deadline.

Orlando is 2-4 since dealing Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier in separate deals to acquire Otto Porter Jr., Wendell Carter Jr., and two future first-round draft picks.

Porter Jr. (left-foot injury) and Harris (strained left abductor) were among several Orlando players sidelined against the Nuggets. Cole Anthony (ribs), Michael Carter-Williams (illness), Karim Mane (hamstring) and Markelle Fultz (torn ACL in left knee) also were out.

"It's like nothing I've ever been through before as a head coach or an assistant," Magic coach Steve Clifford said.

The Wizards, meantime, hope to have Bradley Beal, the NBA's leading scorer at 31.3 points per game, back in their starting lineup Wednesday when they play the second game of their six-game road trip.

Without Beal on Monday night, the Wizards cooled off after a hot-shooting start and blew a 19-point, second-half lead in a 103-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Tampa.

Beal warmed up before the game but ended up missing his fifth consecutive game due to a right-hip contusion, and Washington lost its fourth in a row. Daniel Gafford also was out for the fourth consecutive game with a right-ankle sprain and Rui Hachimura missed his second game in a row with right-shoulder tightness on Monday.

Russell Westbrook led Washington with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his 19th triple-double of the season, although he made just nine of 25 shots. Davis Bertans, whom Wizards coach Scott Brooks said was on a minutes restriction in his second game back from a calf strain, had 17 points and shot 5-for-8 from 3-point range.

Teammate Garrison Mathews came off the bench and hit four 3-pointers, scoring 17 points.

"They get shots when the ball gets to them, and we'll continue to make the plays as the game goes along," Brooks said. "But we're not running around trying to find, get them open shots. So whenever they get their shots, they'll get them. And then they'll shoot them."

But Washington finished 12-of-35 from 3-point range, missing 14 of its final 15 attempts.

"Couldn't make shots, simple as that," Brooks said. "I don't know what we were from three in the second half, but it wasn't like the first half."

In the only other meetings of the Magic and Wizards this season, Orlando swept a back-to-back on Dec. 26-27, despite Beal scoring 39 and 29 points in Washington, D.C.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 6, 2021

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