I came into this game not knowing exactly what to expect. On paper, things seemed to favor the Wizards. They had looked very good their last five games or so, they had already beaten the Magic, and had won two straight games. However, the Magic had just beaten the Clippers, who were one of the best teams in the league, so I was still apprehensive.
Now, I cannot imagine this game going any better for the Wizards. Except for a stretch during the second quarter where the Magic went on a run and cut the lead to six, there was never really a question who was going to win the game. The Wizards shot 56% on the game and 64%from three. They outrebounded the Magic 42 to 38. They got to the foul line more than the Magic, making 21 free throws to the Magic’s 15. And they turned the ball over less. In every facet of the game, the Wizards dominated.
It would have been fun to watch this game if the Wizards had simply methodically broken the Magic down. But that’s not what happened. The Wizards got out running, scoring 29 points in transition. This led to a number of emphatic slams and highlight reel dunks by all types of players. From those transition buckets to incredible plays by John Wall like this, the Wizards were an absolute joy to watch.
During preseason, Randy Wittman said he wanted his team to “make some highlights.” This game went a long way to do just that.