The Orlando Magic’s 2017-2018 campaign ended Wednesday night at the Amway Center, and though the team came nowhere near meeting this season’s expectations, the last game proved to be a reminder of what could’ve been all year long. Orlando faced off against playoff-bound Washington, whom will enter the NBA playoffs as the No. 8 seed and face the Toronto Raptors, and for one night the Magic proved they could hang and then some.
The Magic, behind 15 points from forward Mario Hezonja, were able to upend the Wizards 101-92 in the final regular season game. Despite hurting its own lottery pick chances heading into the off-season, Orlando now looks towards a couple big decisions, which will also include the future of coach Frank Vogel. Orlando finishes the 2017-2018 season with a overall record of 25-57.
”To see us take a playoff team that needed a win and hold them to 34 percent shooting, I’m very proud of that,” Vogel said about the victory over Washington.
The Wizards could’ve used a win on the road to bump themselves up to the No. 7 position over the Milwaukee Bucks and face the No. 2 Boston Celtics, whom are now without point guard Kyrie Irving for the rest of the playoffs. Washington didn’t suit up its entire team, however, as point guard John Wall was inactive for the contest.
Orlando kept up with its hot shooting from the outside, as the Magic connected on 13-of-32 (41 percent) from beyond the arc. Coming off the bench to score 16 points was point guard Rodney Purvis. Magic power forward Aaron Gordon played only 12 minutes, scoring 11 points with minimal playing time.
The Magic were able to hold Wizards’ guard Bradley Beal to a mere 13 points on just 4-of-15 shooting. Former Magic guard Jodie Meeks led the Wizards in scoring with 18 points off the bench.