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Game Notebook 8, Wizards vs. Magic: Humpman, Humpman, Humpman, Humpman

Wizards 108
Magic 99

November 14, 2015 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC

ESPN Box Score

For the second time in this early season, the Orlando Magic have walked off a basketball court after playing the Wizards with a bitter taste of John Wall in their glands. The season opener back on October 28th was a tooth-in-nail slopfest, with Wall putting on his #WallStar cape and putting things to rest with a running jumper to put the Wizards up in the final 12 seconds. On Saturday night, we didn’t see the same kind of dramatic finish, but Wall’s six points in the final 3 minutes – including a game-icing layup to put the Wiz up by 8 – reminded the Magic once again that overcoming the league’s best point guard on this side of the Mississippi was a task they’re simply not fit for.


#WizMagic in a tweet..

That boy’s up to something..


The Game’s Top Performer:

Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries was 5-8 from 3-point land. Yes, you read that correctly..he made five 3-point shots. He hit his first one two minutes into the first quarter and the last four in the second half, including two CLUTCH 3’s in the final three minutes. Each of the last four gave the Wizards the lead and a momentum swing. He ended with 23 points on 64 percent shooting. Humphries has definitely become a pleasant surprise for the Wizards considering the last time he hit a 3 before this season was his rookie year in 2004 with Utah. He also added 5 rebounds, two blocked shots- one of which afterwards, he performed this Humpty-hop celebration..


A forgettable night for..

Ramon Sessions

The stat sheet doesn’t really entail Sessions having a terrible game. Five assists, four rebounds, two made shots. However, he missed three shots and every one of them came from within 4 feet, including two layups. Now, we’ve come to realize that the expectations of Ramon to missing a layup is about as high as Adele joining exes together, but I know he wants these two back.


Notables:

Garrett Temple started for the injured Bradley Beal and I’m sure I wasn’t the only nervous one. Going into last night’s game, Temple had played a total of 35 minutes this season. He played 31 crucial minutes against Orlando and showed up big. He tied his career-high of 18 points including 3-6 from downtown. It was such a relief to see Temple in the flow of things and getting in his zone. Now if the injury prone Beal misses another game, there may not be a complete loss of an offensive presence. I THINK.

John Wall contributed much more than his 15 point/11 assist double-double. He was a force to be reckoned with. From the first minute of the game you could see it in his eyes. He was vocal, giving direction to his teammates, and taking control. Like he was pissed off about a 3-game losing streak or something. His leadership was shining though and it’s never looked so good. He put the team on his back and it paid off.

– Although they’ve been struggling defensively, Washington held Orlando to just 99 points after allowing an average of 119 points in the last three games. Wittman stated after the game he wants their focus to be around defense: “I don’t want them thinking anything from an offensive standpoint.” After Gortat’s miserable one rebound game against OKC, Wittman publicly criticized him, something Gortat wasn’t too happy about. But Wittman predicted the Polish Machine would back with vengeance and he was right. He grabbed 10 rebounds to add to his 13 points. He ended his interview last night on a happy note, “It was actually a good week. My check came in.” Get yours, Marcin.


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