Dinwiddy, leads Harrell Wizards to their fourth straight win

Dinwiddy, leads Harrell Wizards to their fourth straight win

Orlando, Florida. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 23 points, Montrezel Harrell added 20, and the Washington Wizards 20-0 in the first half beat the Orlando Magic 104-92 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.

Kyle Kuzma added 17 points and 10 rebounds to improve Washington’s performance to 9-3 for the first time since the 2014-2015 season. This improved a lot compared to last season when the Witches were 3-9 after 12 games.

“I’d rather be where we are now,” said first-year Washington coach Wes Onseld Jr. You just have to fight this temptation until you feel good about yourself. It wasn’t easy, and I give credit to our guys because we found ways on the nights to win. But we can’t just sit here and say, “We’re fine.”

Kuzma had a three-shooter in a row in the third quarter after Orlando had slipped into the 59-49 range. Washington closed the third quarter by 30-16 to turn the match into a defeat.

Washington hit 50 percent off the ground and improves to 4-0 when shooting at least 50 percent. Also, magicians 7-2 when scoring at least 100 points.

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Dinwiddy scored 11 rebounds and six assists in his fourth 20-point game of the season. Harrell added seven assists and six rebounds from the bench and proved to be a major difference-maker in the first half that opened the game early.

“His energy is exceptional because it’s a different pace and a different level of aggression,” Unseld Jr. said. “It’s second possession, edges it, seals the shots and is first on the ground. His activity is amazing, and every day.”

Orlando’s Cole Anthony scored 22 points, but had only 4 out of 16 shots. Mo Bamba added 14 points, 17 rebounds and three blocking shots for Orlando, who has fallen to 0-7 this season when he failed to score 100 points.

“I think we made a lot of great mistakes,” Bamba said. “We did a better job in the competition tonight, but overall there are a lot of little things that go into winning the game that we failed to do.”

Rookie Galen Suggs, who had eight points, left with a right ankle sprain in the third quarter and hasn’t returned.

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Up 18-14 after the game’s hot shooting start, Magic 8 minutes 24 seconds — the final 5:15 of the first quarter and the first 3:09 of the second — went without a point. The Wizards exploded 20-0 during this stretch, dropping them from four to top 16 early in the second quarter. Washington used this stretch to build a 50-37 lead at the end of the first half.

“We ended up getting some good looks, but we have to step in and take the shots,” said Magic coach Jamal Mosley.

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Wizards: Washington was without star Bradley Beal, who has been away from the team mourning the death of his maternal grandmother — a woman he recently referred to as “Mom 2.0.” Aaron Holiday started with Beal and scored 11 points. “I got in touch with (Bill) and he seemed to be fine. We want to keep him in our thoughts and prayers and get his family up and hopefully he’ll be back with us soon….Washington is now 8-0 when they are up after a quarter, 6-0 when you lead the half and 8-0 when you advance in the fourth quarter.

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Magic: Magic striker Wendell Carter Jr wore black-rimmed glasses after sustaining a wear on his left eye on Wednesday. They must have helped put him on three three-point shots in the first six minutes of the game. He finished the game with 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals… Saturday’s match was the last of five home games. The Magic kicks off a five-game, nine-day wild ride on Mondays. …magical apprentice Franz Wagner made only 2 of 11 shots in about 35 minutes. …Betsy DeVos, wife of Magic Inc owner and former US Secretary of Education Dick DeVos, attended Saturday’s game and sat near the stadium.

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Witches: Host New Orleans on Monday night.

Magic: Play in Atlanta on Monday nights.

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