Orlando Magic Guard DJ Augustin (14) switches in the first half between Washington Wizards Center Anzejs Pasecniks (18) and Guard Ish Smith (14) in the basket of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in Washington (AP Photo / Nick Wass)
WASHINGTON – Orlando striker Jonathan Isaac collided with the Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal in the early minutes of the Wednesday game. Isaac left the floor on a stretcher and was quickly excluded from the game with an overstretched left knee.
But even with one of her main actors, who had started with the worst offense of the NBA, overcame Isaac's absence and prevailed against the wizards with 122-101.
D.J. Augustin posted a season high of 25 points and Nicola Vucevic added 20 points and 12 rebounds. when Orlando put in a four-game losing streak.
After the game, Isaac felt like he was avoiding a serious injury. He will have an MRI on his knee on Thursday and have it examined again.
"I have never injured my knee," said Isaac. "As soon as it happens, of course I think the worst. "Wow one, it's over." But when I was down there, it felt better and better just to be down there. So I felt somehow, just the confirmation that I would be (OK). "
The Magic took the lead in the middle of the second quarter, leading at halftime 62-58. In the second half of the year, Orlando steadily expanded its lead.
"I thought we played a good first half and this second half was about as good as we played," said coach Steve Clifford. "Good offensive, good defense and D.J. was phenomenal. "
Evan Fournier had 18 points for Orlando. Markelle Fultz scored 16 and Terrence Ross 15.
Clifford was relieved after watching the collision near the Magic Bank.
It's scary because, frankly, we were lucky, ”said Clifford. "I was right there and the way it turned, I thought I heard a bang and it's usually bad."
Beal, who returned after two games away for right leg pain, had 27 points to lead Washington.
Magic has defeated the wizards in each of their three sessions this season.
"We were a step slower," said Washington coach Scott Brooks. "We didn't fly around tonight and generated energy and insult with our activity. We seemed to be one step behind every piece."
Magic: Clifford said the death of longtime NBA commissioner David Stern was enormous. "Just a brilliant man. And they say a sign of leadership is not just that you have a definitive vision, but that other people are following your leadership. And that's exactly what he did. "Said Clifford.… F Aaron Gordon had to do without Achilles for the second time in a row.
Wizards: Brooks mourned Stern. “We lost a legend, an icon that I had great respect for when I played and when I became a coach. We would have influenced the game in an incredible way, and we would not be in our position as a league if it hadn't been for the many, many great years of the league that he had led. "
FULTZ & # 39; S ASSIST
In the middle of the third quarter, Fultz threw a spinning behind-the-back pass at Fournier and he was happy with it.
"I think I did that with my friends in the playground," said Fultz. "Many of my close friends have seen me do something like this, but it's probably one of my top passes in the NBA."
BEAL & # 39; S BACK
Beal played 30 minutes after missing the last two games and said he wasn't sure whether he would miss one of the two home games this weekend. Before the injury, Beal played 194 games in a row.
"When I got into the league, my first few years always meant that I couldn't stay on the ground and I was prone to injury," said Beal. “It was something I wanted to delete from my resume, I think. I didn't want that title. I didn't want that name. "
Magic: Host Miami Heat in the first of four home games on Friday.
Wizards: Host Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth of six home games on Friday.
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