WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 29: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards looks up at the video board while standing next to head coach Randy Wittman during the second half against the Orlando Magic at the Verizon Center on February 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The Wizards made another double-digit comeback, but again fell short. This time, Ryan Anderson and the Magic were too tough down the stretch, pulling out a 102-95 win.
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• John Wall finished with 33 points on 13-of-25 shooting (7-of-10 from the line) no less. That will do just fine, even if Jordan Crawford ended up notching one more assist than Wall (FINISH YOUR DRINK).
"You can't slow him down," said Jameer Nelson, who noted the danger of Wall's elbow jump shot, which was going down Wednesday night "I admire his game. He's one of the guys that, you know, he's my Reebok brother." OK, enough ...
• Jordan Crawford's sublime third quarter was fun to watch. Starting in place of Nick Young, Crawford got off to a slow start. But he began cooking in the third quarter, and finished with 14 points and four assists -- even allowing for a few questionable "heat check" shots (resulting in the Comment of the Game over at Bullets Forever).
• Trevor Booker's refusal to back down from Jason Richardson spawned much awesomeness, like Booker's postgame quotes: "I mean, he came in pretty strong. But you know me, I'm not backing down. ... Yeah, he did grab my shorts. I didn't think anybody saw it. ... I thought moving him would be a lot easier, but it's kind of like moving a car. Like an SUV." As well as the Tweet of the (Post)Game. (Ed. Note--Naughty word within)
Richardson's rebuttal? "I'm not talking about that," he said. "It's basketball."
• JaVale McGee continues to serve a time out as coach Randy Wittman started the center on the bench. But does he understand the lesson? "I can't say I do, but I'm sure I'll figure it out sooner or later."OK ... JaVale finished with nine points and six rebounds in 16 minutes.
• Washington gave up a minus-12 in rebounding margin despite Trevor Booker's 13 boards. That's because Ryan Anderson, Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu combined for 34 rebounds on their own (or two less than all the Wizards combined). Orlando shot 45 percent from the field, but when they did miss they cleaned the offensive glass, too.
Perhaps Anderson -- who led the team with 15 boards -- was motivated by coach Stan Van Gundy, who mostly-jokingly said the 6-foot-10 Cal product only rebounds on the offensive end because you can't score points off a defensive rebound.
• Another slow start. To their credit, Washington was in this game until the end. But not without receiving some help from the Magic as they climbed back from a 17-point first-quarter deficit. After their near-comeback against Milwaukee on Tuesday, Wittman has to be searching for a way to get this team competing for a full 48 minutes.