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Defense, Humphries hot shooting leads Wizards past Magic

The Wizards beat the Orlando Magic 108-99 this weekend, moving them to 4-4 on the season and 2-0 in the season series with Orlando. Unlike the first game this one didn’t need a John Wall floater to end as the Wizards won comfortably after a 4th quarter surge. Here are five takeaways from the game.

Kris Humphries found the range. Kris Humphries went 5-8 from behind the arc. His shooting has been fairly solid on the young season and teams still aren’t guarding Humphries out there which is affecting the Wizards spacing. I don’t expect Humphries to shoot 46% for the season, but if he’s able to continue to make shots teams will have to step out and defend him. Giving Wall more room on his forays into the lane.

The Wizards cut down the turnovers The last two games the Wizards had 18 turnovers total, after having four games of 18 or more turnovers. The Wizards are averaging 12 turnovers in wins and 22.3 in losses. Part of the problem is the Wizards have a habit to get careless with the ball.

Solid contribution from Garrett Temple. Garrett Temple filled in for the injured Bradley Beal and provided the team with solid shooting and defense. Temple had 18 points on 5-10 shooting and 3-6 from three, he was also able to get to the line six times were he made five of them. The Wizards needed this kind of night from Temple and he was able to deliver.
Otto Porter. Otto Porter was all over the place, he was a factor on both ends on the floor and made plays with and without the ball. Porter only finished with nine points (4-13 shooting, 1-5 from three), but he made up for it by hitting the glass pulling down 10 rebounds. Defensively, is where he shined with four steals and a block. Porter posted the highest plus/minus of the night with a plus 20 and the numbers didn’t lie the team looked better with Porter on the floor.
Defense. The Wizards defense is still a work in progress. While it’s seeming like it’s heading in the right direction it’s hard to tell because the Magic aren’t known as an offensive juggernaut. The Orlando Magic are a bottom five offense, but the Wizards did a much better job with their effort and execution on that end. Wittman stated that he wants the team thinking defense, that they need to “refocus” on that end.
Bonus. John Wall has become such a good passer that we don’t even take the time to appreciate the ease at which he makes some of the most spectacular passes.  Like the one-handed-touch bounce pass he threw to Garrett Temple in the third quarter, you won’t see many better passes than that one.

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