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Washington Wizards and Danny Avdia will not play in the playoffs this season as well? Tonight (between Tuesday and Wednesday) the team from the capital lost 122:112 to the Orlando Magic and tenth place seems like a very distant goal. The Israeli recorded a personally positive evening with his ninth double-double of the season when he scored 15 points (5/6 from the field), pulled down 10 rebounds, handed out 3 assists and added 2 steals in 34 minutes.
In the last ten games the Wizards won only twice and even then the opponent was the Detroit Pistons, the team with the worst balance in the league. This time the game was mostly close as the locals, led by brothers Franz and Moritz Wagner, went into the break with a 56:60 advantage. Avdia finished the first half with 12 points without a foul and showed great ability especially in the second quarter.
In the third quarter Kristaps Porzingis got involved and towards the last 12 minutes Washington took the lead with 87:88. Bradley Beal continued the bad ability from the last period and although he made a lot of mistakes he insisted on taking the game on himself and the Magic managed to escape in the last quarter. The star was also sent off for six fouls and the locals returned to winning ways with 112:122.
The loser was led by Porzingis with 30 points, Beal added 16 on 4/15 from the field, Monte Morris scored 14 and Daniel Gafford finished with 12. They were joined as mentioned by Abdia with a good personal evening, but when the Chicago Bulls opened a gap of 2.5 games in tenth place coach Wes Anseld needs an immediate turnaround if he is still dreaming of the play-in and tomorrow at 01:00 his team hosts Denver for another critical game.
On the winning side, Gary Harris was great with 6 of 9 from outside the arc and led with 22 points, Franz Wagner was the man with the right moves and finished with 20 points, Paolo Bunkero scored 18 and Markel Fultz 17. From the bench Cole Anthony came in well with 16 points and Moritz Wagner contributed 15, most of them during the first half. Orlando is far from the play-in, but at least continues to give its fans a lot of hope for the future of the franchise.