Magic beat by Wizards as suspension limits Orlando to 8 available players

like orlando magic As they began to adjust to having more players available, they went back to the limited roster after a 119-100 home loss to the Washington Wizards.

The Magic had only eight players available at the Amway Center on Friday because on-court brawl in wednesday’s loss to detroit.

“We’ve been through this before, obviously, through injuries, through COVID[-19],” coach Jamal Mosley said before the game. “Guys understand this is their opportunity. “

The Magic fought back early and trailed 56-47 entering halftime, but the Wizards outscored Orlando 42-26 in the third quarter to make the game uncontestable in the fourth quarter, where the Magic (13-24) got their The third in a row after winning eight of their previous nine games.

The win was the Wizards’ fourth in a row, giving them a 16-21 record.

Moe Wagner suspended for two games for role in incident Eight other Magic players suspended for one game Leaving the bench area during a brawl — a violation of league rules.

Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr., RJ Hampton, Gary Harris, Kevin Harris, Admiral Schofield and Franz Wagner are Magic players , they will be suspended for one game, and the suspension will be staggered by two games.

Anthony, Bamba, Carter, Hampton and Gary Harris suspended Friday, leaving Markelle Fultz, Calebhausen, Paul Banchero, Bol Bol, Terrence Ross, Kevin Harris, Schofield and Franz Wagner as eight available players.

Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (20) was guarded by Washington Wizards center Kristaps Porzingis (6) in a big part of Friday's loss.

Schofield, Kevon Harris and Franz Wagner are out for the Jan. 4 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Moe Wagner served Friday in the first game of his suspension, the second against the Thunder.

The suspensions are staggered so the Magic will have eight available players — the league-mandated minimum for a team to play a game.

Jonathan Isaac (recovering from left knee injury), Chuma Okoko (left knee surgery) and Jalen Suggs (right ankle soreness) remain out.

The Magic couldn’t do anything about Kristaps Porziņģis, who had a game-high 30 points (9-for-13 FG, 9-for-11 free throws) and 13 rebounds.

Orlando’s struggles in finishing in the paint — scoring 62 points in the paint but shooting 47.8 percent from the field through the first three quarters — seemed to affect their defensive intensity in the third quarter. It also provided easier scoring opportunities for the Wizards in transition.

After trailing 27-16 late in the first quarter, the Magic mounted a 16-0 run early in the second quarter to take a 32-27 lead before halftime.

The Wizards’ outside shooting (15-for-35) and ability to get to the free-throw line (20-for-25) broke the game.

Franz Wagner led the Magic with 28 points (13-for-25 from the field) and eight assists. Banchero scored 21 points but finished with five rebounds and four assists on 7-of-24 shooting.

During Wednesday’s physical confrontation, nearly the entire Magic bench came off their floor to assist Moe Wagner, who was on the Pistons’ bench — resulting in half the team being suspended.

Wagner was called 2 flagrant free throws for pushing Pistons guard Killian Hayes onto the Detroit bench with 33.2 seconds left in the first half and was ejected.

In a news release issued Thursday, the league said Moe Wagner committed “an unsportsmanlike conduct in which he pushed Hayes onto the Detroit bench while both players were chasing a loose ball. .”

“The league made the decisions it made,” Mosley said. “We intend to stop there. The league made a decision and we take responsibility for whatever we do on that part. Now we have to move forward.”

After Wagner’s shoving, violent unrest broke out between the teams.

Hamidou Diallo elbowed Wagner on the back of Wagner, whose back was turned in front of the Pistons bench, before Hayes hit Wagner in the back of the head with his forearm, causing Wagner to fall forward on the bench.

“He’s done a great job,” Mosley said of Mo Wagner. “Obviously understand the situation, what happened and what caused it. One of the things about Moe is he’ll reflect on it, understand that it could have been done differently. Our guys reflect on that. We all see it as a learning now experience, we have to accept it, learn from it and move on.”

Orlando Magic coach Jamal Mosley, left, discusses a call with official Eric Darren, 37, during Friday's loss.

The entire Pistons roster surrounded Wagner before nearly all of the Magic’s bench — players and coaches — ran to the Pistons’ side, resulting in violent shoving and verbal exchanges.

“None of our guys were trying to escalate the situation,” Mosley said. “It was a very unique situation, being in front of their bench. The aim wasn’t to upgrade anything. It was more about keeping our players off the bench. In that case, it happened to be Moe and Markelle [at] that moment trying to get [them] Stay away from the situation in front of the bench. “

Moe Wagner, Diallo and Hayes were ejected. Diallo and Hayes were seen as upgraders in the confrontation and were called technical fouls, leading to their ejections. The league suspended Hayes for the Pistons’ next three games, while Diallo was handed a one-game suspension.

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