Magic, Wizards get ready for playoffs in Washington
(Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic have clinched the final playoff spot in
the East and will shoot for their third straight win tonight against the
Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.
Orlando has won two in a row and four of its last five games, including
Sunday’s 88-86 triumph over the Boston Celtics at Amway Arena. Hedo Turkoglu
scored 20 points and blocked shots on Boston’s final two possessions,
including Delonte West’s layup attempt at the buzzer, as the playoff-bound
Magic held on for the close win.
Jameer Nelson and Grant Hill both scored 16 points for the Magic, who are 1
1/2 games behind New Jersey for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference
The Magic will hit the road where they are 14-26 this season. They will close
out the regular-season schedule on Wednesday versus the Miami Heat at home.
Washington is also headed to the playoffs and sits sixth overall in the
conference, just a half game ahead of the Nets.
In Sunday’s 101-68 loss to the Chicago Bulls, DeShawn Stevenson finished with
13 points for the reeling Wizards, who have dropped seven of eight games.
Jarvis Hayes and Etan Thomas both had 11 points in the loss.
The Wizards are 26-14 at home this season and will wrap up the regular-season
schedule on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Tuesday’s showdown between Orlando and Washington is the fourth and final
meeting of the regular season. The Wizards are 2-1 in the series and have won
three of the last four encounters.
Orlando has lost three straight and four of its last five trips to D.C.