ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic (13-5) easily defeated the Washington Wizards (3-15) at Amway center 139-120 for their eighth straight win.
Orlando scored a season high 139 points in the game, and managed to keep the team with the worst record in the NBA at bay.
Franz Wagner scored a season high 31 points with a flurry of well timed 3-point shots to push Orlando’s lead to as much as 22 in the game.
Jalen Suggs, who has entered this season with a totally different attitude and contagious fire on the floor, scored a season high 22 points, as he continues to be the spiritual leader of the Magic on the floor.
Washington had it’s usual threats, number one being Kyle Kuzma with 24 points, tried to keep up with the Magic in the first half, with a 26 point first half and 30 points in the second.
But with the third quarter starting with a 66-56 score, Orlando kept pushing and getting it’s way, despite it’s 19 turnovers.
A key to the Magic’s wining has been a domination for their bench, night after nigh. Even though Washington came with 12 points from Corey Kispert and ten from Eugene Omoruyl, they were no match for the 71 points that the Magic put up against them.
“They continue to communicate with one another.” Said Magic Head Coach Jamahl Mosley. “They continue to push each other to expand the lead or just stay in it. and I think that’s what this group has done. They’ve played very well together. Their communication level, it’s been very good for our group.”
Joe Ingles dished out six assists, and Cole Anthony dropped 25 points and seven assists off the bench to help sustain and build Orlando’s lead.
With Jonathan Isaac nursing a sore ankle, there was more time for Goga Bitadze and Joe Ingles on the floor.
The Magic had 43 rebounds in the game, and outscored the Wizards 66-62 with points in the paint.
Orlando faces off against the Wizards again on Friday, December first for the second of this baseball-type series.