April 10, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Injured Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard claps from the sidelines against the Washington Wizards in the second half at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 93-85. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
The Magic lost without the services of Dwight Howard.
The Orlando Magic may need to rely on its pre-fabricated cushion in the Eastern Conference playoff race if Dwight Howard misses too many more games. The All-NBA center sat again on Tuesday, and the Washington Wizards took advantage to pick up a 93-85 win. Center Kevin Seraphin, pardoned from Dwight duty, led the way with 24 points and 13 rebounds, both game highs.
Orlando shot just 37 percent from the field against a team with the league's No. 23 shooting defense. Ryan Anderson was abnormally cold, shooting 2-10 from the floor and 1-7 on threes.
The Magic need just four more wins to clinch a playoff berth, as they currently sit 5.5 games ahead of the No. 9 Bucks. With less than 10 games remaining, this shouldn't be an issue.
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