The Washington Wizards beat the Orlando Magic 130-103 on Saturday night. Here's analysis of what went down...
Taking care of business: Well, that's one way to bounce back.
Following what was arguably their worst loss of the season on Friday night in Brooklyn, the Wizards issued an emphatic correction one night later by annihilating the lowly Orlando Magic.
To be fair, that's exactly what should have happened. The Magic were already missing three starters due to injury and then starting center Nikola Vucevic went down in the first half due to a broken finger.
But bad opponents missing key players have proven to be trouble for the Wizards so far this season. Their nine losses against sub-.500 teams are tied for the most in the NBA. For one night that wasn't the case at all.
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The Wizards took control early and had 72 points at halftime, their second-most in a half this season. Their 130 points in the game were a season-high.
Many contributors got involved for the Wizards after no one had it going against the Nets. Bradley Beal was much better with 17 points on 5-for-10 from the field and 3-for-4 from three. Otto Porter looked much more like himself in his second game back from a hip injury. He had 17 points and shot 6-for-10. Markieff Morris (16 points, five rebounds) played a big factor, especially early. And the bench chipped in with 65 points.
The Wizards are now 1-4 in the first game of back-to-backs and 4-1 in the second games. Go figure on that one.
Washington moved to 18-15 on the year and 4-2 since John Wall returned from his nine-game absence due to a left knee injury. It hasn't been pretty, but that is an encouraging number.
Three-pointer party: The Wizards rained threes all night to a rare degree. They shot 16-for-30 (53.3%) for the game, just the eighth time in franchise history they have hit 16 threes or more in a game.
Morris brought it: Markieff Morris said recently he felt like things were close to turning around for him and the Wizards. He said he was feeling closer and closer to 100 percent health. It took him a few days, but Morris backed that claim up on Saturday night.
The Wizards went to Morris early and often to help him establish a rhythm and it worked. He cashed in on several post-up opportunities in the first quarter, hit a three in the second and by halftime had 14 points in 15 minutes on 5-for-6 from the field. Those 14 points were the most Morris scored in a game since Dec. 7.
Morris didn't do much in the second half, but the Wizards didn't need him to. His early scoring burst was a big reason why they coasted to a win.
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Scott did his thing: It turns out Friday night agains the Nets was indeed an aberration for backup forward Mike Scott. He rebounded convincingly from his 3-for-8 performance with another quick start, something he has become known for.
Scott came out swinging by making his first four shots including a midrange fadeaway and a three. He had seven points in his first four minutes and 10 by halftime.
Scott ended up with 18 points in 17 minutes, another efficient night. He is now averaging 14.9 points in his last 10 games while shooting 71.6 percent. The dude even got MVP chants in the fourth quarter, another indication he is becoming a fan favorite.
Up next: The Wizards are off Sunday. They then head to Boston for their big Christmas Day showdown against the Celtics. This will be the first meeting between the teams this season and their first since the memorable second round playoff series. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. on ABC, though NBC Sports Washington will have pregame coverage at 5 p.m. with Wizards GameTime.
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