Magic move to within a game of WAS after close win
The Magic were led in scoring by HTurkoglu with 26 pts, 6 rebs; DHoward 17 pts, 12 rebs, 3 blocks but 6 TOs; GHill 13 pts; and KDooling off the bench with 9 pts. The Magic survived a season-high 48 pts from WAS's Antawn Jamison. Jamison added 9 rebs, but shot just 15 of 24 from the FT line. Jarvis Hayes was the only other WAS player in double figures with 15 pts. Former Magic G Deshaun Stevenson added 9 pts, but shot just 2 of 14.
The Magic (33 of 66, 50%) outscored WAS (28 of 80, 35%) from the field 69-64. WAS shot 8 of 26 from 3 pt range, while the Magic shot 3 of 9 from long range. The Magic shot FTs well (26 of 31) compared to WAS (25 of 44). The Magic had a slight edge rebounding 43-42, even though WAS had a 18-10 advantage on the offensive boards. WAS had the better AST/TO ratio of 16/9, compared to 16/17 for the Magic. The Magic bench had the decisive edge 28-10.
The Magic will get the 7th seed in the playoffs if they can beat MIA WED night and WAS loses at IND.