The Orlando Magic will finish this season by relying on their least-experienced players — guys like Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris, E'Twaun Moore, Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O'Quinn. On Friday night, they made the most of their chance. Especially Harris. Harris scored eight of Orlando's final nine points as the Magic overcame an early right-ankle injury to Jameer Nelson and beat the Washington Wizards 97-92 at Amway Center. "When that opportunity came, I wanted to take advantage of it," Harris said. "There's been certain times since being in a Magic uniform where I struggled to close out games, and tonight was a good step for me as a player, not only on the offensive end but on defense." Harris scored a career-high 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, collected three steals and blocked three shots. Magic officials wanted to use the final weeks of the season to evaluate whether Harris can be an effective NBA power forward. On Friday, he showed he can keep his cool down the stretch of a close game. He also made a crucial defensive play; with the Magic clinging to a 93-90 lead in the final minute, he successfully contested a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Trevor Ariza.
Magic lose Jameer Nelson but beat the Wizards 97-92
Orlando Sentinel | Mar 30