John Wall and the Washington Wizards started their season down the road from the "Most Magical Place On Earth." Unfortunately for the Wizards, Wall's NBA debut was anything but as they fell to the Orlando Magic 112-83 in the Wizards' most lopsided opening night loss in team history.
Wall, the No. 1 draft pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, finished with 14 points on 6-of-19 shooting, nine assists, three steals and three turnovers in 35 minutes of action. Despite the near double-double, the former University of Kentucky star struggled to find a groove in any aspect of his game, which the Wizards as a whole duplicated. Washington shot 37.2% from the field and trailed by double digits from the first quarter on.
Cartier Martin led the Wizards with 17 points off of the bench and was Washington's lone bright spot. Kirk Hinrich fleshed out the double-digit scorers with 12 points of his own. Andray Blatche epitomized the Wizards' performance; Blatche shot 2-of-9, forced every shot he took and struggled with Orlando's defense.
Speaking of the Magic, everything went right for Orlando, who christened the new Amway Center in style. Four players scored in double figures, led by Dwight Howard's 23 points and 10 rebounds. Howard could have had more points if he hit more free throws; Howard went 9-of-19 from the free throw line. Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter also scored in double figures.