Magic beat Wizards130-120 despite Westbrook's historic night
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Orlando Magic beat Washington 130-120 on Saturday night and defeated another Russell Westbrook triple-double on his home debut for the Wizards.
Westbrook had 15 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists to become the fourth player in NBA history to score a triple-double in his team's first two games. Magic Johnson (twice), Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson did the feat before. Westbrook becomes the first player to make a new team after being taken on by Houston for John Wall in the off-season.
"This one is mine," said Westbrook after the Wizards fell to 2-0. "We didn't put ourselves in a position to win the game, especially not for me." Missing simple shots - it wasn't anything they did. "
Terrence Ross scored 25 points to lead Orlando. Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 17 rebounds and Markelle Fultz added 21 points to help the Magic win their second straight earlier in the season.
"I think it was a team effort," said Fultz of trying to contain Westbrook. "He's a great player. He's getting to the edge. He creates for others. He's on the glass."
Bradley Beal had 39 points for the Wizards while Thomas Bryant had 19.
Westbrook, who averaged three consecutive triple-doubles seasons with Oklahoma City from 2016-17 to 2018-19, had just two points halfway and finished the 6:19 shooting off the field.
"I'm fine," Westbrook said when asked how he was feeling physically. "I just hate to lose."
Despite Westbrook's triple-double and Beal's big night - who had 11 points in the fourth - the Magic were in control for most of the game. Washington's final lead came at 101-100 after a dunk from Robin Lopez with 8:46 left. Orlando then used a 13-2 run in which five different players scored a goal to win 113-103 and seal the game.
"I think you are a bear to protect," said Clifford of the new Look Wizards. "They are playing at a pace that makes it difficult to keep in touch with them."
Washington dropped five straight to Orlando.
Magic: Orlando’s reserves exceeded those of Wizards 53-32. ... Clifford said ahead of the game that James Ennis (hamstring stress) stayed in Orlando to continue his rehab schedule.
Wizards: Manager Scott Brooks said ahead of the game he wasn't sure Westbrook would play back-to-back in the second half but is confident Davis Bertans will play between 18-20 minutes. Bertans had nine points in 20 minutes. ...
Washington honored the late Hall of Famer Wes Unseld with a moment of silence and a video homage from Beal before the game. The Wizards will wear the number 41 on their jerseys this season. Unseld died on June 20 at the age of 74. Unseld was the 1969 Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player for the Baltimore Bullets and a member of 1978 NBA Champions Washington Bullets. He would later coach and serve as general manager for the organization.
With no fans in attendance, both teams entered the floor behind their respective benches from an entrance usually reserved for hockey.
Evan Fournier of Orlando was credited with a layup at 9:46 in the third game after Bryant accidentally dipped on the wrong basket to correct a Fultz mistake. Fournier finished at 13.
The Magic and Wizards will compete against each other in Washington on Sunday. It is the only meeting between the two Southeast Division opponents in the first half of the NBA schedule release.
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