The Wizards earned their third straight victory as the Magic visited Capital One Arena. Despite not having Bradley Beal, who continues to abide by the security protocols, the residents of the capital prevailed 112-106, a victory that allows them to remain in ninth place in an Eastern Conference that is still very compressed in its upper-middle zone. . At the bottom of it is Orlando, who this time suffering their tenth loss in a row and remain the worst team in the league.
The clash was marked by the return to the tracks of Thomas Bryant, who had been prevented from playing in the last year by an injury to the cruciate ligament in his left knee. The pivot, who suffered this problem on January 9, 2021, had 10 minutes in which he was able to add 6 points, a rebound and an assist, and his return could be an important boost for those from Washington, as it should be remembered that before of the injury seemed to be on the verge of making a definitive qualitative leap. Obviously, he will need time to rediscover his best version, but he certainly has the potential to be important in the fight for playoff spots.
“My legs and knees have responded fantastically,” Bryant said. “In general, I felt very well. I feel in perfect condition to play.”
Wes Unseld Jr.’s men were led by another complete performance by Kyle Kuzma, who narrowly missed a triple-double by finishing with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. The former Lakers player was one of the six capital players in double figures in scoring, and was closely followed by Spencer Dinwiddie’s 17 points and Montrezl Harrell’s 16, the best of the second unit.
For his part, Cole Anthony also led with 19 points against the Magic who paid for their poor start to the game. Those from Florida had a poor first quarter in which they fell 33-16, a gap that continued to widen and reached 20 points in the second quarter. From then on, Mosley’s men narrowed the gap until they threatened to come back, but they never caught up with the locals and ended up succumbing.
Apart from Anthony, Terrence Ross stood out with 17 points, as did Robin Lopez with 16. For his part, Franz Wagner once again left a good feeling by signing a double-double of 14 points and 10 assists.
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