For a second night in a row, 10-day contract players James Singleton and Cartier Martin contributed significantly as reserves. Not coincidentally, the Washington Wizards won consecutive games for just the second time this season, prompting Coach Randy Wittman to speculate about how to get the most out his other players down the road.
“They’ve been big,” Wittman said of Singleton and Martin. “We might have to go all 10-day contracts next year. Some of our guys might not like to hear that.”
Wittman got some guffaws from the room with that comment, but the results, including Tuesday night’s 93-85 win against Orlando, are unmistakable. Martin has totaled 31 points in wins against Charlotte and the Magic, and Singleton has combined for 30 in those games.
Tuesday night, both were on the court during seminal moments of the game. Martin’s three-pointer with 7 minutes 29 seconds left in regulation broke a 69-all tie and put Washington ahead to stay. Orlando called timeout immediately thereafter, but Singleton’s ensuing field goal was about all the Wizards needed to keep the Magic at bay.
“I just come in and do what they ask me to do,” Martin said. “I come in and hit an open shot and will defend.”
Orlando cut the margin to 80-77 on a three-pointer by Jameer Nelson, but J.J. Redick fouled Singleton, who made both free throws for another five-point cushion. The Magic got no closer the rest of the game.
Singleton made 5 of 6 shots and had eight rebounds. Martin, meantime, had two three-pointers and three rebounds and three assists.
“My team just found me in open spots,” Singleton said. “We ran our pick and roll, and [the Magic] played off me. I don’t understand why, but they did, so I make teams pay for it.”
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