Washington Wizards flopped in their loss to the Orlando Magic, 123-89, while Admiral Schofield had a career night with 18 points and six rebounds. Wizards with this loss are now 5-15 on the road this season and also go 0-4 against the Orlando Magic in the season series.
Going back to Schofield who scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half, he also pushed a early lead with back-to-back three-pointers.
The spark in the first half for Washington and for most of the season has been their reserves who had 61 of the Wizards’ 89 points. Troy Brown Jr. added 18 points of his own along with 11 rebounds for a double-double. Brown Jr. gave the Wizards a little momentum which showed when Washington was able to tie the game at 34 after being down 10.
After being up 42-41 with 6:37 left, Wizards never saw a lead again for the rest of the game especially after the Magic went on a 13-2 run to end the first half, 69-52. It was pretty much downhill from there as Orlando kept hiking up the score especially from Nikola Vucevic (29pts), Evan Fournier (19pts), and D.J. Augustin (18pts) who combined for 66 points.
What happened to the starters?
The Wizards only had nine healthy players tonight against Orlando, five of which were our starters. It surely didn’t seem like we had a starting five as not one scored in double figures. All five combined for 28 points, the highest coming from Jordan McRae with nine points who shot 4-of-11 on the night.
Although Isaiah Thomas played 24 minutes, that was way too much as he was 2-of-8 from the floor with seven points. He wasn’t exactly helping Wizards on either side of the ball as he also contributed five of the Wizards’ 23 turnovers. Ian Mahinmi was absent also for a bit especially after going into foul trouble early in the first quarter.
Washington’s head coach Scott Brooks mentioned in his postgame presser that the Wizards need to “bounce back” after this loss come Friday.
Wizards head back home for two games, the first being the Atlanta Hawks on Friday January 10 on NBC Sports Washington. Gametime is at 7 p.m.