Magic: Vucevic on back-to-back nights combined for 52 points and 30 rebounds after scoring 21 points and grabbing a season-high 17 rebounds in a loss to Denver. . . . In Gordon’s place, 6-foot-8 guard/forward Mario Hezonja made his first start. The native of Croatia scored seven points and on 3-of-9 shooting. . . . Orlando had a season-high 39 assists.
The Blue Raiders have miss a combined 125 games due to injury. Only four players played and started every game in the regular season.
Brent Stockstill’s return in the last four games coincides with Middle Tennessee going 3-1 after the Blue Raiders went 2-4 without him. He threw nine touchdown passes with only two interceptions in the last four games while throwing for 1,005 yards.
Falcons defense solid, but not championship-caliber — Atlanta’s defense played well, but could not stop the Vikings when they had to. It didn’t help that starting cornerback Desmond Trufant didn’t play Sunday. Even with Trufant out, the Falcons limited Adam Thielen to four catches for 51 yards. But a 22-yard pass to Thielen late in the game sealed the win for the Vikings. The Falcons have the NFL’s 10th-ranked defense, but it wasn’t enough Sunday to beat one of the NFC’s truly elite teams.
Without Wall, Washington’s starting backcourt has consisted of Tim Frazier and Bradley Beal. While Frazier is not playing big minutes (averaging 21.5 in the last eight games), Beal is producing big numbers.
During Wall’s absence, Beal is averaging 23.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting while playing 33.8 minutes per game. Overall, Beal is averaging a career-best 23.8 points and shooting 46.2 percent.