NBA Game Recap - Washington at Orlando
Wed Jan 8, 2020 7:00 PM EST

TOR
112
CHA
110
F(OT)
WAS
89
ORL
123
F
MIA
122
IND
108
F
SA
129
BOS
114
F
DEN
107
DAL
106
F
HOU
122
ATL
115
F
CHI
108
NO
123
F
NY
104
UTA
128
F
MIL
107
GS
98
F

Jan 8, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Washington (12-25)

23

29

20

17

89

Orlando (18-20)

32

37

28

26

123

Vucevic, Fournier lead Magic past Wizards 123-89
Wed Jan 8, 2020 10:30 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic got a big win to sweep the season series against a Southeast Division rival just before leaving for their longest road trip of the season.

Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points, Evan Fournier added 19, and the Magic beat Washington 123-89 on Wednesday night to secure their first sweep of the Wizards since 2010-11.

Orlando took control for good with a 23-5 run to close the second quarter, punctuated by a dunk by Vucevic in the final seconds, for a 69-52 lead.

"When you get a lead early, and the zone (defense) slows the game down, you can lose your concentration, lose your intensity," Magic coach Steve Clifford said. "I thought our guys did a good job."

The advantage ballooned to 29 points in the early stages of the third quarter.

"Runs happen all the time. Things turn around quickly. In the position we are, we can't afford to relax against a team like that," Vucevic added. "We were efficient offensively, and on the defensive end, we got some steals and got some easy baskets that opened the game up."

The Wizards played with a short bench, as a rash of injuries left them with only nine players available. Bradley Beal, the star guard who averaged 34.3 points in the previous three games against Orlando, sat out for the fourth consecutive game since injuring his right leg against the Magic in Washington on Jan. 1.

Admiral Schofield scored 18 points to lead the Wizards, and Troy Brown, Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

"That's two games in a row we played this team a step slow," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "We were dribbling one extra dribble and late on our passes. When you play this team, you've got to be on point. (The Magic are) a good team that I think now is starting to play much better."

TIP-INS:

Wizards: After playing in 194 consecutive games, Beal has now missed six of Washington's last seven due to injury. . Washington was also without Rui Hachimura (groin), Thomas Bryant (foot), and Davis Bertans (quadriceps). ... Clifford's reaction to long list of Wizards injuries: "I don't think I've ever seen a team with that many starters or guys in their rotation be out at the same time like this."

Magic: F Jonathan Isaac will not need surgery for the knee sprain he suffered on Jan. 1 at Washington. Isaac will be re-evaluated in 8 to 10 weeks. ... F Al-Farouq Aminu underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn right meniscus. He will be re-evaluated in approximately 12 weeks, meaning he could be available for the latter stages of the regular season and a potential playoff run.

WIZ KIDS

Vucevic's 29 points were one shy of his season high. He scored 30 in a 125-121 win against Washington on Nov. 17.

Orlando's 69 point outburst in the first half was its best output in the first half of any game this season, eclipsing the 68 it scored in a 127-120 win over the Wizards on Dec. 3. The Magic scored 120 or more points in all four of their games against Washington.

"Now I have a little leverage to talk trash to some of my friends back home who are die-hard Wizards fans," said Magic G Markelle Fultz, a native of Maryland's D.C. suburbs. "That's huge."

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host Atlanta on Friday night.

Magic: Begin a six-game road trip at Phoenix on Friday night.

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Leaders

Washington PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Brown Jr. 18 -8 5 11 2 0
A. Schofield 18 -7 2 6 0 0
Orlando PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Jefferson 0 4 0 2 0 0
N. Vucevic 29 32 2 9 2 1

Team Comparison

WAS ORL
Points For 89 123
Field Goals 36/84-43% 43/87-49%
Three Pointers 6/23-26% 10/27-37%
Free Throws 11/19-58% 27/34-79%
Offensive Rebounds 10 13
Defensive Rebounds 30 38
Rebounds 47 60
Blocks 5 3
Steals 8 18
Turnovers 23 16
Points Scored Off Turnovers 16 35
Points in the Paint 42 56
Fast Break Points 9 8
Personal Fouls 22 21
Technical Fouls 0 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - ORL Leads Series 4-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Nov 17 WAS 121 @ ORL 125 T. Brown Jr. 2 M. Bamba 2
Tue Dec 3 ORL 127 @ WAS 120 M. Bamba 4 I. Bonga 2
Wed Jan 1 ORL 122 @ WAS 101 J. Isaac 2 J. Williams 2
Wed Jan 8 WAS 89 @ ORL 123 I. Mahinmi 2 J. Magette 2

Game Information

Stadium: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 16,013
Game Time: 2:12