There's something that clicks for Kris Humphries in his last two games against the Orlando Magic. And Wizards coach Randy Wittman made a fourth-quarter adjustment that featured the now-backup center -- formerly the starting "stretch" power forward -- over Marcin Gortat.
Humphries scored all 11 of his points in the fourth as he helped John Wall break open a score that was tied at 72 after the third quarter for a 103-91 victory on Friday at Verizon Center.
"I think that I just got to make something happen," said Humphries, who had a season-high five-pointers for 23 points on Nov. 14 in beating Orlando before Jared Dudley took the starting role. "We ran a couple sets where you get in that 15-foot or 10-foot pocket, made some things happen there, John was delivering, you get feeling good and hit another shot and a three, it all comes together."
Humphries played 13 minutes, eight coming in the fourth. Gortat, who was having difficulty matching up with jump-shooting big Jason Smith, logged four minutes in the fourth.
Smith kept Orlando in it with eight points and two assists in the first half off the bench. He lacks a low-post game but was able to pull Gortat away from the rim as he was caught between helping cover the pick-and-roll as the ball was being shaded towards the baseline. When the screen didn't come, Smith would spring up top for the open shot and Gortat couldn't reach him.
"For March, its tough because at that point of the game we're trying to keep (the ball) out of the middle so you got to make the signal earlier to give the guard time to do that. So you got to tell him early enough and give him time," Humphries said. "As soon as Smith hears us make the call, boom, he pops back and March doesn't want to leave the guard on an island pushing him to the side. He wants to support him."
The Wizards had to fully rotate, stunt hard or just send the play to the middle to eliminate that look for Smith. Stylewise, Humphries had more success though Gortat had an impact with 10 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and a block.
When Humphries first stepped on the court, it didn't go as well for him either. He took a prayer from three that wasn't close in the final two minutes of the first quarter. His three with 5:31 left in the game was on the mark as the Wizards led 88-81 and pulled away.
"Sometimes you get your mind made up that your'e going to shoot a three, that you're going to do this or that and you really have to react to the game, get in a good flow," Humphries said. "You just to to bring energy and play hard."
Drew Gooden (calf) played for the first time since Nov. 17 but re-injured it and had to get an MRI on Saturday. Nene (calf) had an MRI earlier in the week but doesn't appear close to returning yet. DeJuan Blair (knee) hasn't played the last two games. Humphries is the only option left.
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