Wizards Win Their 4th Game
Written By Chris C-Ford ---- Saturday, December 29, 2012
After a slow start the Washington Wizards looked like a professional basketball team for one of the few times this season, defeating the Orlando Magic 105-97 at Verizon Center on Friday night for their 4th win of the season. The Magic looked like the team that was fighting for a moral victory as the Wizards controlled the game for most of the second half.
Jordan Crawford (27) and Nene (23) each scored over 20 points which was the first time all season the Wiz had two players accomplish that "feat" in a single game. Crawford played a more controlled game, and the times that he was in "jack mode" the shots fell.
The Wizards also got a surprising performance out of Garrett Temple who shot 6-8 from the field and scored 13 points, causing Randy Wittman to stick Shelvin Mack on the bench.
In young player news, Chris Singleton didn't play and Jan Vesely made a cameo for under 4 minutes. Bradley Beal scored 11 points but shot poorly again. He did provide a rare Wizards highlight on a long athletic alley-oop from Jordan Crawford.
In the first few minutes of the game the Magic took a commanding lead when Jameer Nelson hit 3 straight 3 pointers. That was another reason that the starting point guard Shelvin Mack found himself in the doghouse. Wittman may consider starting Garrett Temple tomorrow night in Chicago.