The Washington Wizards cruised to a victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday, extending their winning streak to four games.
The Wizards’ starting five played outstanding at the Amway Center and they all posted a net rating above +20.
Bradley Beal contributed 18 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. added 20 and Tomas Satoransky recorded a new career-high of 19 points against the Magic. Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat also both scored in double figures in the 115-98 victory.
The Wiz spread the ball around, making the Magic defense look silly, and racked up 35 assists on the night in yet another win without John Wall. Their beautiful passing led to a lot of easy buckets, highlight-reel dunks and wide-open threes that put the game away early.
The Wizards have been making life look easy without Wall, but that’s just because they are executing at a high level. The Panda knows that they have to stay focused to keep piling up wins in the coming weeks.
“With John being out, it’s even more of a challenge for us, but we accept it head on,” Beal said. “We weren’t playing our style of basketball early in the season and over the course of the last four games, we’ve figured it out. We’re moving the ball and playing really well.”
One thing is certain. The Wizards are not going to feel sorry for themselves.
“Maybe they think because we don’t have John, we’re going to come in and lay down, but we’re not. We’re fighting. We have smart guys, who are playing hard for each other and it’s working.”
After the game, BB said the team doesn’t care about their individual stats. They just come in to work every night and have fun sharing the ball and making highlight-reel plays to help win games.
Up next for the Wizards is a tilt in Indiana against the Pacers and first-time All-Star Victor Oladipo on Monday night at 7pm ET.