ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – In a game where the visiting Washington Wizards needed to win to acquire a better seed in the upcoming NBA playoffs, Orlando reserve guard Rodney Purvis scored 16 points as the Orlando Magic finished the 2017-2018 season with a 101-92 victory on Wednesday night.
Purvis went scoreless in the opening half, but scored 11 of his 16 points in the final quarter. In that quarter, he went 3 for 6 shooting the basketball, knocking down all four of his attempts from the free throw line and even added a three-pointer in playing the entire quarter. Also in the final quarter, the Magic finished off the season with one of their best defensive quarters of the season. They held Washington to 17 points on 5 for 25 shooting and they missed 10 three-pointers in the quarter.
“I think we just made plays, whether it was a big shot or- our guys really committed on the defensive end. You know the last six weeks, two months of the season there’s been significant growth on that end of the floor and when you’re getting stops, you always have a chance offensively to make a play and that’s pretty much what happened in that run.” – Orlando Head Coach Frank Vogel on the team’s 4th quarter defensive effort
The Wizards were without all-star point guard John Wall (rest) and starting small forward Otto Porter Jr. (lower leg tightness), had to use reserve point guard Tomas Satoransky in a heavier playing load than normal. Satoransky had a career-high in points the last time the Wizards were in town, scored 13 points in a season-high 42 minutes. All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal scored 13 points as well, but he shot 4 for 15 from the floor.
“Well, we have to play better than we played tonight. We know who we’re going to play. We’re playing against the best team in the East, on their court. Tough place to play. We’re going to have to play better than we played tonight. We’ve got to. Hopefully everybody’s healthy during that time. We had a good season. We’re in the playoffs. There’s going to be 14 teams that wish they were in the playoffs.” -Washington Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks on the Wizards’ direction going into the upcoming NBA Playoffs
Orlando Head Coach Frank Vogel had told starters Aaron Gordon, D.J. Augustin and Nikola Vucevic that they were only going to play in the opening quarter and they gave the fans something to cheer about in their limited time. Gordon scored 11 points, Augustin made all three of his shot attempts as he scored 7 points, and Vucevic didn’t have his best offensive showing, but had his best defensive performance of the season.
Orlando finshes the season at 25-57 and will have the 5th best odds to obtain the top overall pick in May’s NBA Draft Lottery.
Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org