Jeff Green’s big fourth quarter lifts Wizards past Magic
Before the season began, Bradley Beal likened Jeff Green to LeBron James in terms of their similar athleticism. Green is no once-in-a-generation talent, but Monday he showed why he’s no mere role player, either.
Green scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and shot 6-for-7 from the field with four 3-pointers, powering the Washington Wizards to a 117-109 win over the Orlando Magic Monday night at Capital One Arena.
The game was tied after the first, second and third quarters, but Green was everywhere in the fourth quarter, sinking two 3-pointers, receiving a John Wall assist for an alley-oop dunk, blocking a shot and grabbing rebounds. His effort helped Washington pull away.
After the alley-oop, Wall scored Washington’s next seven points and Bradley Beal later hit a dagger 3-pointer to put the game to bed.
Wall led the Wizards with 25 points and 10 assists. Bradley Beal had 21 points and Dwight Howard posted 17.
The Wizards (4-9) responded after losing in Orlando Friday night. Coupled with Saturday’s win in Miami, the Wizards have won back-to-back games for the first time since March.
After a 30-30 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Wizards’ second unit which included center Ian Mahinmi after his brief spell out of the rotation ended Saturday started the second and got Washington ahead by as many as six.
But that ended up being the largest lead for either team in the half. Both teams finished the half with seven 3-pointers and entered halftime locked at 55.
Orlando finally got separation by piecing together a 9-0 run midway through the third quarter, going up by 10. But the Wizards responded after a timeout as Beal powered a 15-2 run. In that span tallied seven points and an assist, punctuated by a steal and breakaway dunk.