Magic beat Wizards, but may have lost DavisBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Wed, Dec 19, 2012 11:53 PM EST
ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic won their fourth consecutive game Wednesday night, but they may have lost Glen Davis, their leading scorer and emotional leader, for an extended period. The Magic beat the lowly Washington Wizards, 90-83, but Davis had to be helped off the court and into the locker room with :47.8 seconds remaining, clutching his left shoulder after being fouled hard by Emeka Okafor. He won't be easy to replace. "Obviously, he's been a big part of this team, and what we've done lately. We need him," said co-captain Jameer Nelson. "I'm not a doctor but I'm just hoping for the best." Davis was unavailable for comment, and the Magic staff would not speculate on his injury. The Magic (12-13) used a balance attack that included seven players with at least eight points Wednesday night. Reserves J.J. Redick and E'Twaun Moore had 17 and 15 points, respectively. They combined to hit 7 of 11 from 3-point range. Arron Afflalo had 15 points for the Magic, who never trailed in the second half, leading by as many as 13 points in the third quarter. Davis, who is averaging 16 points and 7.9 rebounds, had 12 points and nine rebounds. He left the game Wednesday without taking his final two free throws. "I'm not going to quite write that obituary just yet," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I'll see him in the morning, and I'll be smiling." Nene led the Wizards with 20 points. Jordan Crawford, who was coming off his second career triple-double Tuesday night, had 19 points. The Wizards (3-20) lost their fifth consecutive game. "We're not going to give up. That's all I can say," said Wizards forward Martell Webster, who had 11 points. "This hurts, but you can't give up. You have to keep fighting and continue to get better." They have played all season without point guard John Wall, their franchise player, and they were without starting guard Bradley Beal Wednesday. Magic center Nikola Vucevic had eight points and 13 rebounds, his fourth consecutive game of at least 11 rebounds. The Magic, who can reach the .500 mark by winning Friday in Toronto, held a 48-38 rebound advantage. They have won seven of their last 10 games. The momentum they have built, though, may disappear quickly if Davis is out for an extended period. His 28 points Monday carried them to victory over Minnesota, and he has been the emotional leader of a surprisingly competitive team this season. "He looked like a guy who was worried (after the game). He's been great for us, but we have other guys," said Redick. "Are we going to miss him if he's out for an extended period? Yes, but it won't change anything. We have other guys." Orlando led, 52-50, at intermission, riding the balance that withstood another big start from Crawford, who had 15 points by halftime. The Magic led by as many as 13 points early, but the Wizards bounced back quickly with reserve center Nene giving them a spark. Davis struggled early, committing three turnovers in the first six minutes. Redick had nine points in 11 first-half minutes, hitting all three of his 3-point shots. NOTES: The Wizards were without starting guard Bradley Beal, who injured his back Tuesday night when he tried to dunk on Atlanta's Josh Smith, who sent him to the floor. Beal, the rookie from Florida, played 40 minutes and scored 17 points against the Hawks, but he was not the same after Smith rejected his shot and sent him sprawling. Veteran Shaun Livingston replaced him in the lineup. Center Earl Barron got his first start, replacing Chris Singleton in the frontcourt. "We've got to find a way to get off to a better start," coach Randy Wittman said. ... Davis has begun promoting himself for the NBA All-Star Game, looking for votes on his official website. It brought a chuckle from Vaughn, who declined to endorse his forward before Wednesday's game. "He can think he's a superhero if that's what's going to make him play better. I'll take that," Vaughn said. ... Magic are 30th in the NBA in steals and 24th in blocked shots, but they still are 8th in fewest points allowed (94.7 points per game), playing good defense overall.
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